A Japanese specialist on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) visited Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide last March 12 to follow-up on PPP projects for Cebu, which the specialist suggested during the governor’s visit in Japan in 2015.
“This trip (visit) is to follow-up what he has done to what we suggested in 2015 and I am very happy to hear that the governor is making progress on our suggested items, one by one,” said Dr. Sam Tabuchi, a PPP professor in Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
During the 10th International PPP forum last July 30 to August 10, 2015 at the Toyo University, Davide identified potential projects here in Cebu to be undertaken through PPP.
These are the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) resource center; the redevelopment of the Cebu South Bus Terminal, and development of some of the prime properties owned by the province.
In their meeting last Monday, Davide gave updates on the proposed multi-story building that will house the command center and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO); Capitol’s traffic roadmap; the rehabilitation center of the Pinamungajan District Hospital; and the status of the student exchange programs.
In October 2016, Davide and Saitama Prefecture Governor Kiyoshi Ueda signed a memorandum of understanding to have an exchange student program between Cebu and Saitama.
Davide tasked HRMO head Bonifer “Bhobby” Nacorda to coordinate with Tabuchi and his companion, Ms. Fumio Takai, on more Filipino students to be enrolled in the exchange program.
Nacorda said they had a delay in the processing of potential applicants for student exchange due to the implementation of the K-12 curriculum.
Tabuchi also named some potential projects that can be done through PPP and will help address top concerns of the province, like traffic, garbage disposal, flooding, and the lack of doctors in hospitals.
He added that they have some partners in other parts of the country whose projects are already implemented through PPP.
Davide tasked the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) head Rodel Bontuyan to coordinate with Tabuchi and see if it is possible if he could visit and observe Tabuchi’s other projects here in the Philippines.
Further, Tabuchi is pleased to see the development of hospitals in the province, which is one of Davide’s priorities under his six-key development agenda involving health and social services.
Recent developments on this key development are the ground-breaking of four additional buildings worth P230 million at the Cebu Provincial Hospital-Bogo City and the inauguration of the province’s first intensive care unit (ICU) for adult and babies with P20 million medical equipment at the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Carcar City.