The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center and the General Santos City Government convened on March 14, 2024, at Fersal Hotel, Quezon City, to renew their mutual commitment to collaborate towards the development of a robust pipeline of PPP projects for the City of General Santos through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Under the renewed MOA, the City of General Santos seeks to leverage the technical assistance and expertise of the PPP Center to advance its PPP development initiatives, while the PPP Center reaffirms its dedication to providing support and assistance for the city’s PPP projects.

“The renewal of the City Government of General Santos’ partnership with the PPP Center signifies a strategic alliance between the local government and a critical institution, with a shared goal of improving efficiency in delivering services to the public and promoting more inclusive and sustainable growth,” said Honorable City Mayor Lorelie G. Pacquiao.

“With the expertise and support provided by the PPP Center, we are hopeful that high-impact PPP projects will be delivered in the City of General Santos, which can bring about significant benefits for the City in terms of infrastructure development, service delivery, and economic growth.”

The meeting also featured an orientation by PPP Center’s Deputy Executive Director Eleazar E. Ricote on the key provisions of the newly enacted Republic Act No. 11966, also known as the PPP Code of the Philippines.

Among the attendees from the LGU were Honorable Councilors Alberto D. Pacquiao, Dominador S. Lagare, Jr., Richard L. Atendido, and Department of the Interior and Local Government City Director Rilimin H. Sandoval.

Meanwhile, Economic Growth Specialist and Private Sector Engagement Co-Lead Emil Francis De Quiros, Urban Connect Chief of Party Dr. Alex Brillantes, Jr., and Objective Leads Celso Enriquez and Dr. Maria Fe Villamejor- Mendoza, all from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Urban Connect Project also attended the ceremony.

The event was facilitated and hosted by the USAID Urban Connect Project, which aims to promote and pursue inclusive and resilient economic growth in nine (9) secondary cities in the Philippines: Batangas, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Zamboanga.