Forum on road management reforms set on August 1 and 2

Forum on road management reforms set on August 1 and 2

Wednesday 18th of July 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 18 -- A forum on road reforms, titled “Road Management Reforms for Better Governance: The Northern Mindanao Experience,” will be held on August 1 and 2 at the N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

Good practices on road management will be shared by the provincial governments of Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte, which are recipients of the Australian-funded Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF).

Around 200 participants from the national and local governments and the civil society/non-government/private sector organizations in the region are expected to attend the forum, which is spearheaded by Misamis Oriental PRMF office, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-X) and the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X).

RDC chair and Iligan city mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz will open the activity in the afternoon of August 1. The Minister Counsellor of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Octavia Borthwick, expected to grace the event.

Undersecretary Austere Panadero of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is also invited to attend the forum. An overview on the PRMF will be presented by PRMF team leader Michael Saldon.

Knowledge products highlighting good road management practices put into operation by the first three provinces will be turned over to the DILG Local Government Resource Center (LGRC) for archiving and access by other local government units. A press conference and photo gallery viewing will also be held.

The PRMF is a five-year (2009-2014), P4.3 billion (A$100 million) development initiative of the governments of the Philippines and Australia. It helps the provincial governments put in place better governance systems for sustainable management and maintenance of roads over time.

Funds for the rehabilitation and maintenance of core road networks in up to 10 provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao are also provided to boost the communities’ social and economic development. (Peleta B. Abejo, KMD, NEDA-X/PIA-10) - - Austere Panadero

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