DPWH personnel finish 'special training' by USAID

Published August 31, 2021, 5:10 PM

by Betheena Unite

The infrastructure planning capacity of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is expected to improve after some of its personnel completed a special training program conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

File photo (Photo courtesy of the DPWH)

“Congratulations to the 27 graduates who completed the months-long training so that we can improve our capacities in project planning. I am confident that we will soon reap the benefits of these technical skills in our future projects,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar during the virtual graduation program held Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The personnel completed the program dubbed as USAID-Delivering Effective Government for Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth (USAID-DELIVER) Training from March 13, 2021 to Aug. 20, 2021.

Under the training, a total of 20 training sessions were held covering modules on Value of Money, Financial Modelling, Risk Analysis, Economic Cost Benefit Analysis.

Utilizing the “learning by doing” approach, the training was conceptualized to equip participants with skills in applying value for money and financial analysis methodologies to assess viability of prospective Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, with Metro Cebu Expressway Project as one of its case studies.

“On behalf of the DPWH, I would also like to extend my gratitude to the USAID for providing technical assistance to our agency. We commit to put these international best practices, perspectives, and skills in good use, advantageous to our current Build, Build, Build Program and beyond,” Villar said.

The virtual graduation ceremony was attended by DPWH Undersecretary for Information Management, Planning, and PPP Services Maria Catalina E. Cabral, USAID Acting Mission Director Sean E. Callahan, USAID-DELIVER Project Team Leader Ronilo M. Balbieran, DPWH PPP Service Director Alex G. Bote among others.