“Our goal is not to compete but to complement” says University newly appointed Special Assistant to the President on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Dr. Marilou Elago during a recent interview on her new designation effective July 2, 2016.
The concept of having a focal person on PPP is not new to the University says Dr. Elago. As in previews years, the College of Public Administration and Development Studies through Dr. Vivian Molina, Director for Local Governance, was able to rapport agreement with the Public-Private Partnership Center in Manila for a possible training on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT).
The appointment of the University’s PPP is in accordance with the mandate of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to the academic institutions as to where the appointed PPP shall be the focal person responsible for nurturing the established partnership of the University with the external linkages and bridging new links with the private sectors and the local government unit for mutual development projects.
Inspired by her new designation, Dr. Elago commits to take over from Dr. Molina. “The University’s partnership with the external linkages in the previous years has been very good,” says the newly appointed PPP. And according to her, these established partnerships only need to be strengthened and further nurtured.
Still adjusting in juggling two important designations in the University, Dr. Elago stands firm in saying that she is in parallel with the Prexy’s goal for the improvement and to realize a bigger, better-located campus in the coming future- the institutions answer to the call for the decentralization of the district and a mitigating procedure to Climate Change. “We cannot stop it, we can only adapt it”, says she.
“PPP is not just about soft projects,” she disclosed, “the University is looking at huge infrastructures in partnership with the private sectors”. “SUCs alone, with the LGUs, we cannot have that hard project that we envision. It is only when we partner with the private sectors who has what it takes to build the new WMSU,” explains she.
To be able to accumulate grants from the external linkages, the University should be able to present the crème of the crop proposal since the partnership is proposal-driven.
Not disregarding the threats in the realization of the University’s visions in the years to come, the newly appointed PPP is positive that these plans are feasible through the efforts of her office and the Office of the University President and other partner external linkages.