CamSur cited PPP pioneer

By GBClaveria

PILI, Camarines Sur – The province of CamSur  under the stewardship of Governor LRay Villafuerte reaped another distinction in the field of local governance.

CamSur has been cited with unerring regularity in national newspapers for over a week now for its exemplary leadership in the implementation of the public-private partnership or PPP program being given focus by the national government.

The PPP is a collaboration scheme between local governments with the private sector in order to pursue priority programs to promote local development with minimum assistance from higher government.

CamSur’s leadership in this area came to the fore emanating from a brief audience requested by Governor Villafuerte in his capacity as newly elected executive vice president of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), the national organization of provincial governors, and LPP’s representative to the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).

The audience amazingly extended to over four hours, included lunch and a presentation of Governor Villafuerte’s “counterpart scheme” involving participatory financing between the local governments and the national government to implement specific local projects.

The idea which has been previously acclaimed and endorsed by the LPP found favor and was eventually included in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President where he also cited Governor Villafuerte for his innovative initiative.

Barely two months after the SONA, CamSur passed Ordinance No. 3 formally providing for the guidelines and procedures for the provincial government entering into a joint venture agreement with the private sector, the first province to come up with such an initiative even if the scheme has been in practice in CamSur for over five years now.

In a recent statement Governor Villafuerte also announced that the Province of Camarines Sur is presently open for more of such business arrangements particularly in the areas of hotels and resorts development, theme parks development, information and technology parks, business process outsourcing (BPO), employee housing, wind and solar energy production, power generation, bio-mass energy development, water resource development, airport and seaport development, toll roads construction, bio-fuel development, reforestation, large-scale agricultural plantations, meat processing and vegetable and fruit processing.

Interested parties may contact the Manila Liaison Office Tel. No. (632) 817 0831 or log in at  http://www.camsurinc.com.

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