International Symposium – January 27-28

Concept Note

International Symposium 2018

Public-Private Trends in Business Management: Understanding Disaster Risk towards Business Continuity

27 (Saturday) - 28 (Sunday) January 2018 | 8:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. VENUE: Quezon City Experience (QCX) Conference Hall, Quezon City Circle, Quezon City

Theme: Investing in Business Continuity

Number of Participants:

A total of 108 participants attended the International Symposium that included PSBA-Manila Master’s and Doctorate program students, Graduate School and Undergraduate Schools’ Faculty members; School of Urban and Regional Planning-University of the Philippines (UP-SURP) faculty members; University of the Philippines Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP PLANADES) resource persons; Quezon City Government Scholars; International researchers and guests; and media representatives.

Organizing Partners:

Disaster Risk Management Unit (DRMU), Graduate School of Business (GSB), Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA)-Manila; UP PLANADES; Quezon City Government (QCG); and UP-SURP, Diliman, Quezon City and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore Pakistan.


This year’s International Symposium closely follows on the heels of the International Colloquium concluded in October 2017. This time, the participating institutions have expanded to include our partner from international guests, Resource Speakers, and Presenters from various linked and engaged international and local partners particularly with academia as well as private sector commercial and business establishments. The theme of this year’s Research Colloquium is “Investing in Business Continuity.”

The International Symposium comes urgently as the provisions of the Preamble of the Sendai Framework adopted by the United Nations in March, 2015. Section 2 therein asks States to build resilience into policies, plans, programs and budgets at all levels, a reiteration of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 that work at all levels is needed, and that Disaster Risk Management (DRM) requires a multi-sectoral and inclusive approach. In this regard, governments are asked to engage with relevant stakeholders, identifying both public and private sectors, civil society organizations (CSOs), academia, and scientific and research institutions to work together, and lastly – which is relevant to this Symposium’s theme – for businesses to integrate DRM into management practices.

It is on this note that both international Frameworks (Hyogo and Sendai) highlighted the role of stakeholders, especially citing academia, scientific and research institutions, business, professional associations, and the private sector to integrate DRM including business continuity into business models and practices through DR-informed investments in micro- small, and medium-scale enterprises, conduct awareness raising and training for their employees and customers.

The Sendai Framework Priority 3 identifies Investing in DRR for Resilience by means of increasing business resilience and protection of livelihoods and productive assets throughout the supply chains, ensure continuity of services and integrate disaster risk management into business models and practices; by promoting the development and strengthening of disaster risk transfer and sharing mechanisms and instruments in close cooperation with partners in the international community, business, international financial institutions and other relevant stakeholders, and by promoting and supporting collaboration among relevant public and private stakeholders to enhance the resilience of business to disasters.

Investing in disaster risk reduction ensures business continuity, safeguards long -term investments, and provides protection to individuals, communities and environments. Our own Republic Act 10121 establishing the Philippine DRRRM system, the National DRRM Framework, and Institutionalizing the National DRRM Plan, stipulates the need for the establishment of training institutes to train public and private individuals in formulating local DRRM plans. Moreover, training institutes are mandated to consolidate and prepare training materials and publications of DRRM books and manuals to assist DRRM workers in their planning and implementation of DRRM programs and activities. The training institutes also conduct research programs to upgrade knowledge and skills and document best practices on DRRM, as well as conduct periodic awareness and education programs. Integration of DRR into school curricula of secondary and tertiary levels whether public or private, including formal/nonformal technical vocational indigenous learning and out-of-school courses and programs is also mandated by the above national law.

The theme of the International Symposium indeed aligns itself with previous international frameworks and national plans and frameworks on DRRM. Cooperation with all relevant stakeholders at all levels is an imperative. In this Symposium, the focus is on academia, research institutions, and the private sector area of business and commercial establishments to assist the numerous small and medium-scale enterprises in their local plans for DRRM. Such steps are small yet big steps toward achieving what the Hyogo Framework has stressed: Disasters impede progress to Sustainable Development (SD). Put in another way, effective DRM contributes to SD, on condition that all stakeholders, at all levels participate and cooperate to build disaster-resilient communities.

Speaker Profiles

Hon. Herbert Constantine M. Bautista Guest of Honor Message Mayor of Quezon City, Philippines
Hon. Herbert Constantine M. Bautista is the mayor of Quezon City, having won in a landslide in the May 2010 elections. He also won a landslide victory in his 2007 vice-mayoral re-election bid. He has been vice mayor of Quezon City, serving under then Mayor and former House Speaker Sonny Belmonte. He became a two-term city Councilor from the fourth district. He graduated from the San Beda College of Manila with a baccalaureate degree in Philosophy and Letters. He was adjudged Most Outstanding Centennial Bedan Alumnus in recognition of his contribution and leadership in civil governance and politics. He has a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Bautista is an alumnus of the National Defense College of the Philippines where he obtained his Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) degree. He is working towards his Doctorate degree in Political Science from UP Diliman. One of the younger officials of the country, who has had a long and fruitful experience in government and the youth movement, Bautista is active in socio-civic activities.

Presentation Title:
Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction: Official Perspective towards Public Private Partnership in Business Continuity  
Mr. Karl Michael E. Marasigan Head, QC- DRRMO, Quezon City, Philippines

Mr. Karl Michael E. Marasigan, the Acting Chief, Disaster Control Division and Head, QCDRRMO is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with extensive experience across all areas of service and operation management, especially in Disaster Risk Management in Changing Climate. He is an exceptional leader who has developed and motivated others to achieve set targets and demonstrated strong ability to manage projects from conception through to successful completion. A proactive individual with a logical approach to challenges, he performs effectively even in a highly pressured working environment. He has been supervising Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Trainings and Seminars for Government and Non-Government Organizations to include the inspection of disaster vulnerable areas and lead the Quezon City Rescue in providing the highest standards towards medical care to victims of disaster within the city. Mr. Marasigan graduated with a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy from Emilio Aguinaldo College and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Lyceum of the Philippines. He has been a resource person for Local and International forums, conferences, seminars, workshops and symposiums. He has attended a substantial number of local and international meetings, conferences and events representing the Quezon City government. He has been an advocate of partnership building on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

Presentation Title:
Factors Affecting the Growth of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan
Lect. Sobia Hassan Sultana In-charge Department of Public Administration, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore Pakistan

Lect. Sobia Hassan is the office In-charge of the Public Administration Department, Lahore College for Women University. Currently, she is a PhD scholar of Administrative Sciences / Management. Lect. Hassan has finished her M. Phil in Management Science specializing in Human Resource Management and Master in Public Administration also specializing in Human Resource Management. Her work experience includes lecturing in Lahore College for Women University’s Department of Public Administration since 2013. Previously, she had given her services as Research Associate in a private sector university. Currently, she is office in-charge of the Department of Public Administration, BPA Program Coordinator, BOS Coordinator, Admission Coordinator and Internship Supervisor, among others.  She has a substantial number of international and local publications. Further, she has been attending international and local conferences and seminars relating current issues and trends on business and management perspectives.

Presentation Title:
Constitutional Amendment and Its Impact on Business Continuity 
Hon. Gov. Antonio Cerilles Governor, Zamboanga del Sur
Hon. Gov. Antonio H. Cerillesis the present Governor of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, since June 30, 2010. Prior to governorship, he was a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines as the representative of the second district of Zamboanga del Sur. He also worked as the Secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during the tenure of the Philippine President Joseph Estrada from 1998–2001. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas and his Bachelor of Laws degree from University of the East. He then earned his Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. He was the National President of JCI Senate Philippines 2012. He is also the National Senior Vice President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the current Council Chairman of BSP Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Council. He is also a member of various organizations including the Knights of Columbus, Council 8188 and the Parliamentary Government Foundation. Among the laws he authored during his congressional stint was House Bill No. 3950 (now Republic Act No. 6975 otherwise known as the "Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990," which established the Philippine National Police under a Reorganized Department of the Interior and Local Government) and House Bill No. 9347 (now Republic Act No. 8047 otherwise known as the "Book Publishing Industry Development Act," which formulated and implemented a National Book Policy and a National Book Development Plan). After serving as DENR Secretary from 1998-2001, he was elected again as a representative in 2004. He was one of the signatories of House Resolution 1109 calling for a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution.

Presentation Title:
Public Private Partnership towards Business Continuity
Dr. Primitivo Cal Executive Director, UP Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc (PLANADES

Dr. PRIMITIVO C. CAL is an ASEAN Engineer and is registered/accredited in the Philippines as a civil engineer, transportation engineer, environmental planner, construction arbitrator, and lawyer. He holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and in law, Master of Engineering (Transportation Engineering) degree, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of transportation planning. He practices all his professions at the same time in his capacity as:

  • Executive Director of PLANADES since 2012, a consulting firm specializing in urban and regional planning;
  • Accredited Construction Arbitrator, having handled more than 35 construction disputes since 2005; and
  • Consultant in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation planning and infrastructure planning.

Dr. Cal used to serve as Undersecretary for Transportation during the Ramos Administration and Dean of the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning, among others. He is a Returning-Scientist Awardee of the Philippine Government and a recipient of awards from the Professional Regulation Commission as Outstanding Professional.

Presentation Title:
China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Business Continuity: A Route to Prosperity 
Asst. Prof. Rabia Asif In-charge Department of Management Science, LCWU, Lahore, Pakistan

Asst. Prof. Rabia Asifis the office in-charge of the Department of Public Administration. She is working as Assistant Professor since 2011. Before becoming Assistant Professor she worked for two years as a Lecturer in the same University.  In addition, she has three years of working experience as E-Lecturer in the Virtual University of Pakistan. Presently, she is a Ph.D. scholar of COMSATA Institute of Information and Technology Lahore. She has finished her Master in Commerce from Hailey College, Punjab University, Lahore Pakistan. She also has a Master of Science specialization in Finance. She has a substantial number of international and local publications. In addition, she has been attending international and local conferences and seminars related to information and Communication Technology, Green Expense Management trends on business and management perspectives.

Presentation Title:
Disaster Impact towards Business Continuity in Changing Climate
Dr. Elias Sampa Programs and Curriculum Head Australian International School and United Campus of Mahatma Gandhi International School

Dr. Elias Sampa is a Director of Curriculum and Programs with the responsibility of initiating Outcome Based thinking and implementation across its various programs in K-12, undergraduate and post graduate degree levels. He is concurrently responsible for Mahatma Gandhi International School, Australian International School, and the Australian Institute for Higher Education, a transnational provider of Bachelor’s Degrees in Accountancy with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the MBA Executive program with Bradford University’s School of Business and Law. Dr. Sampa designs and delivers faculty development trainings in a wide range of capacity building areas and he oversees curriculum implementation of various programs, including DepEd K-12, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), IB Diploma, and IGCSE. He has lectured and continues to do so at Bradford University School of Management’s MBA Program in Manila (including mentoring students in Management Project Paper writing);  at the Australian Catholic University in Manila; at Trinity University of Asia; Northern Quezon Community College Inc., and at Arellano University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Sampa has authored and co-authored several University and Senior High School textbooks, published research, and presented papers at education conferences locally and internationally on topics of significance.  His research on faculty readiness for OBE in Higher Education (2014) has guided his conduct of faculty OBE training at various universities, colleges and schools on: curriculum design, alignment and implementation; facilitating learning; and auditing protocols related to institutional readiness, curriculum, learning experience, and assessment – all related to OBE and Technology Integration.

Presentation Title:
Role of GIS in Development Projects: Challenges in Business Continuity 
Dr. Jun T. Castro Prof. School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Dr. Jun T. Castro is presently working as College Secretary and Professor 4 at School of Urban and Regional Planning. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and has finished his Master of Engineering in Logistics and Information Engineering. He earned his Doctor of Engineering at Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine, Japan. Dr. Jun specialize in National and Local Transport Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Municipal Infrastructure Planning, Information Technology Application, Travel Demand Forecasting, and GIS Application/Spatial Planning.

Program of Activities

Time Activity/Title of the Presentation Person or Institution In charge
8:00 – 8:20 Registration PSBA-Manila &UP PLANADES
8:20 – 8:30 Opening Remarks Prayer and National Anthem Dr. Lualhati S. Macapagal, PSBA-Manila
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome Message Dr. Mario Delos Reyes, Dean UP-SURP
8:40 – 8:45 Introduction of Guest of Honour Dr. Mark De Guzman, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University, Baguio City
8:45 – 9:05 Guest of Honour Message to the Participants Hon. Herbert Constantine M. Bautista Mayor, Quezon City
9:05 – 9:20 Soft Launching of QC- Local Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2027 & Group Photo Frederika C. Rentoy, Head, Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) Quezon City Government and LCCAP Team
Resource Speakers Session I Plenary Session Chair of the Session:Archt. Pedro P. Rodriguez, Head, QC-CPDO and Dr. J. V. Molina GSB, PSBA-Manila
9:20 – 9:40 Resource Speaker: Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction: Official Perspective towards Public Private Partnership in Business Continuity Mr. Karl Michael E. Marasigan Head, QC- DRRMO
9:40 – 10:00 Resource Speaker: Factors affecting the growth of small &medium enterprises(SMEs) in Pakistan Lect. Sobia Hassan In-charge Department of Public Administration, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore, Pakistan
10:00 – 10:05 Distribution of Plaque of Appreciation to Guests and Speakers Dr. Jose F. Peralta, Dean and President & Dr. Tabassam Raza, Associate Dean and Director  DRM Unit, GSB, PSBA Manila
10:05 – 10:25 Coffee Break and Group Photo Quezon City Experience (QCX) Conference Hall
10:25 – 10:45 Guest Speaker: Constitutional Amendment and Its Impact on Business Continuity Hon. Gov. Antonio Cerilles Governor, Zamboanga del Sur  
10:45 – 11:05 Resource Speaker: Public Private Partnership Towards Business Continuity Dr. Primitivo C. Cal Executive Director, UP PLANADES
11:05 – 11:25 Resource Speaker: China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Business Continuity: A Route to prosperity Asst. Prof. Rabia Asif In-charge Department of Management Science, LCWU, Lahore, Pakistan
11:25 – 11:45 Resource Speaker: Disaster Impact towards Business Continuity in Changing Climate Dr. Elias Sampa Programs and Curriculum Head Australian International School and United Campus of Mahatma Gandhi International School
11:45 – 12:05 Resource Speaker: Role of GIS in Development Projects: Challenges in Business Continuity Dr. Jun T. Castro, Prof.  School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
12:05 – 12:15 Open Forum and Distribution of Plaque of Appreciation Archt. Pedro P. Rodriguez, and Dr. J. V. Molina
12:15 – 01:00 LUNCH Quezon City Experience (QCX)
Presentation Session I 01:00 – 01:50 Plenary  Session Track: Capacity Expansion Chair of the Session: Engr. Humprey Ariel Tagapolot, Transportation Planner and Dr. Lualhati S. Macapagal GSB, PSBA-Manila
01:00 – 01:10 MBA-DRM Program Title: Personal and Institution Capacity Expansion of Villages along West ValleyFault, Quezon City Presenter: Roman G. Sanchez, Jr. Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
01:10 – 01:20 MBA-DRM Program Traffic Enforcer Inclusion: Enhancing Emergency Response Capacity of QuezonCity Local Government Presenter: Mercy Joy D. Robles Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
01:20 – 01:30 MBA-DRM Program Title: Analysis of Non-Engineered Buildings along  Valley Fault, Quezon City Presenter: Marlene G. Caresosa Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
01:30 – 01:40 MBA Program Assessing Effects of Excessive use of Electronic Gadgets on Academic Performance of Grade School Students in Sacred Heart Academy Presenter: Mike Leander Aranas Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
01:40 – 01:50 Open Forum Engr. Humprey Ariel Tagapolot and Dr. Lualhati S. Macapagal
Presentation Session II 01:50 – 02:50 Plenary  Session Track: Good Governance Chair of the Session: Dr. A. M. Lopez,  GSB, PSBA-Manila and Asst. Prof. Rabia Asif,  LCWU
01:50 – 02:00 MBA Program Title: Suffice Free Health Services in the Quezon City, Philippines: A Budget Allocation Strategy Presenter: Marilou C. Oren Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
02:00 – 02:10 MBA Program Title: Strengthening the Internal Control System and Prevention of Fraud in Selected Branches of Commercial Banks in Mandaluyong City Presenter: Almira Reyes Alcantara Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
02:10 – 02:20 MBA-DRM Program Title: An Assessment of the Implementation of Quezon City LDRRM Funds for 2015-2016 Presenter: Shenah Marie V. Maala Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
02:20 – 02:30 MBA Program Title: Establishing Client Feedback Monitoring and Evaluation System for Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines Presenter: Mariella S. Masiglat Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
02:30 – 02:40 MBA Program Title: Assessing Three Housing Models for Informal Settlers from Metro Manila: Identifying Gaps upon Relocation of Informal Settlers Presenter: Aeron Villanueva Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
02:40 – 02:50 Open Forum Dr. A. M. Lopez and Asst. Prof. Rabia Asif
Presentation Session III 02:50 – 04:00 Plenary  Session Track: Business Continuity   Chair of the Session: Prof. Carmelita R.E.U Liwag,  UP-SURP, and Lect. Sobia Hassan, LCWU
02:50 – 03:00 MBA-DRM Program Title: Disaster Mitigation: A Strategy of the Quezon City Local Government for Business Continuity Presenter: Dominga M. Capistrano Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
03:00 – 03:10 MBA-DRM Program Title: Assessing Incident Command System on Managing Disaster in Quezon City from 2016- 2017 Presenter: Annmarie Diane T. Marquinez Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
03:10 – 03:30 Coffee Break Quezon City Experience (QCX)
03:30 – 03:40 MBA Program Title:  Weather Related Events and Their Effects on Philippine Stock Market Index Presenter: Philip Angelo S. Pandan Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
03:40 – 03:50 MBA-DRM Program Title: Evaluating Humanitarian Logistics Management System at the Last Mile: Ondoy Victims in Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines Presenter: Mary Ann P. Esporas Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
03:50 – 04:00 Open Forum Chair of the Session:  Prof. Carmelita R.E.U Liwag and Lect. Sobia Hassan
Presentation Session IV 04:00 – 05:30 Plenary  Session Track: Public-Private Trends in Business Management Dr. Mark De Guzman, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University, Baguio City  and Dr. Leonardo C. Medina Jr. PSBA-Manila
04:00 – 04:10 MBA Program Title: Inventory Management and Control – A Strategy for Effective Production in Selected Greenwich Stores in QC Presenter: Melissa Guilas Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
04:10 – 04:20 MBA Program Title: Contribution of the Social Media Platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram) on the Marketing Strategy of Main Carpet Retailers in the Philippines Presenter: Margareth M. Pablo Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
04:20 – 04:30 MBA Program Title: Repatriation of Filipino Seafarers and Its Impact on Leading Pre-Employment Medical Clinics in the Philippines: An Assessment Presenter: Lysa S. Banquiray Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
04:30 – 04:40 MBA Program Title: Irresponsible Advertising and Its Negative Impacts on Children: A Framework of Responsible Advertising in the Philippines Presenter: Bo Ngoc Bui Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
04:40 – 04:50 MBA Program Title: Financial Sustainability of Language Centers in the Philippines: Growth Protection Trends from the Last Ten Years Presenter: Girlie Abraham Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
04:50 – 05:00 MBA Program Title: Automated Language Assessed Travel Associates’ Communication Performance toward United Airlines Reservations System: An Evaluation Presenter: Ferdinand R. Nuñez Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
05:00 – 05:10 MBA Program Title: Process Training Effectivity on Travel Agents Performance, InterGlobe Technologies, Philippines Presenter: Maria Rika Abraham Research Methodology Class PSBA-Manila
05:10 – 05:20 Open Forum Dr. Mark De Guzman, and Dr. Leonardo C. Medina Jr.
05:20 – 05:30 Synthesis Dr. Tabassam Raza PSBA-Manila

Emcees:  Prof.  Carmelita R.E.U Liwag & Ms. Coleen C. Balasabas

Overall Coordinator: Coleen C. Balasabas


Program Emcees: In addition to Prof. Carmelita R.E.U. Liwag & Ms. Coleen C. Balasabas, Ms. Maria Rika Abraham and Mr. Mike Leander Aranas, also assisted in the emceeing the program.

Prayer and National Anthem: Dr. Lualhati S. Macapagal, PSBA-Manila

Opening prayer led by Dr. Macapagal
Guests singing the Philippine National Anthem

Welcome Message: Dr. Mario Delos Reyes, Dean, University of the Philippines – School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP), Diliman, Quezon City

Dr. Mario Delos Reyes

Dean Delos Reyes welcomed the guests, speakers, presenters and participants. He then shared that the symposium and its theme is very relevant, and that the academe, of which UP-SURP is a representative, is trying out ways to build resiliency in communities by means of:

  1. Integrating Climate Change and Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into UP-SURP’s curriculum, both in the core and elective courses;
  2. Supporting LGUs in mainstreaming CCA and DRR into local development planning;
  3. Involving in projects to build up resilience;
  4. Conducting training on CCA and DRR for local governments, barangays, chief executives, mayors, local government officials, employees, and staff;
  5. Conducting public lectures organized by UP-SURP; and
  6. Collaborating with local/international universities and schools in pursuing a Master’s program with the end view of encouraging the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

Plenary Session: Resource Speaker Session 1

Chair: Archt. Pedro P. Rodriguez, Head, Quezon City – City Planning and Development Office (QC-CPDO)

Architect Rodriguez, Chair of the Resource Speakers Session 1 under Plenary Session, provides an introduction.

Archt. P. Rodriguez

Resource Speaker: Lect. Sobia Hassan, In-Charge, Department of Administration, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore, Pakistan – “Factors Affecting the Growth of Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan”

Lect. Sobia Hassan

Lect. S. Hassan cited several factors that affect the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan.She described first the profile of the SMEs and after identifying the factors, she recommended that the State Bank of Pakistan facilitate loan assistance to SMEs.

Resource Speaker: Dr. Primitivo C. Cal, Executive Director, UP-Planning and Development Foundation, Inc. (UP-PLANADES) – “Public-Private Partner-ship towards Business Continuity.”

Dr. Primitivo C. Cal

Dr. Cal began by sharing that past and present administrations have made use of PPP as a key strategy in the implementation of development projects. Its main advantages are: 1) Budget augmentation; 2) Improves efficiency in project implementation and operation; and 3) Sharing of risks.

            He then presented the three kinds of PPP schemes, namely:

  1. The official scheme as legislated by Republic Act 6957 (the Build-Operate-Transfer or BOT Law, as amended by Republic Act 7718);
  2. The joint venture; and
  3. The hybrid PPP.

Under the first category of PPP schemes are several variants: BOT, BT, BLT, BOO, BTO, CAD, DOT, ROT, and ROO. He then proceeded to the modes of bidding under the BOT scheme. One is the public bidding mode; the other is the unsolicited proposal mode. In public bidding, the government identifies and prepares the project and then invites bidders. In the unsolicited proposal mode, the initiative comes from the proponent (usually, the private sector) which proposes a project to the government. Negotiation follows although the government also invites comparative proposals all of which go through the usual process of public bidding.

            The joint venture scheme was issued by Executive Order 423 of April 2005.In this scheme, private or public sector entities contribute money/capital, services, assets, or a combination of these, thus sharing risks in undertaking a project.

            Dr. Cal also discussed on the failure of competitive selection when no proposals or only a single proposal has been submitted. In this case, he presented options for what becomes a limited negotiation process.

            Finally, he talked about the hybrid type of PPP scheme, frequently resorted to by the administration of President Duterte. Under this scheme, the government entity concerned both finances and constructs the facility while the private entity involved operates and maintains the facility.

Resource Speaker: Karl Michael E. Marasigan, Head, QCDRRMO – “Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction: Official Perspective Towards Public Private Partnership in Business Continuity.”

Mr. Karl Michael E. Marasigan

Disasters impact small scale retail businesses to large establishments. They may lose uninsured stock and more losses due to prolonged power cuts; blocked roads lose the ability of businesses to take their produce or merchandise to the markets; and employees may face short- or long-term loss of employment or income. To address such challenges, Quezon City has taken steps to address these perils in consultation with various partners. The steps include:

  1. Re-organizing the QC DRRM Council;
  2. Engaging with the private sector;
  3. Investing in livelihood programs;
  4. Exploring risk transfer mechanisms; and
  5. Building capacity particularly for first responders.

In consonance with Republic Act 10121 (Philippine DRRM Act of 2010), QC Mayor Herbert Bautista signed EO 23, series of 2010, organizing the QC DRRM Council (QCDRRMC). This body is composed of various city offices and departments. Recently added were the following: Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), SikapBuhay (through which QC reaches out to SMEs), PESO (for employment opportunities to victims), Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), City Tourism Department, and the City Veterinary Department.

The private entities that QC has engaged with include private organizations, NGOs, and business institutions. Various memoranda of agreement were signed for this purpose.

Mr. Karl Michael E. Marasigan

Investments in capacity development for communities include the implementation of information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns to increase their knowledge and awareness. Capacity training has also been given in terms of the financial literacy, social preparation and livelihood alternatives through the MOVE UP Project (Moving Urban Poor Communities toward Resilience). The training also incorporates disaster preparedness orientations and the promotion of insurance mechanisms.

In exploring risk transfer mechanisms, QC has recently inked a project with the Department of Finance (DoF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in designing the Philippines’ City Disaster Insurance Pool. The output of the project is a case study with QC’s benchmark data on disaster risk financing, cost-effective disaster risk insurance, and other strategies as a way of sharing knowledge and experience among LGUs.

Capacity building for response capabilities has been implemented by QC through the QC Barangay Emergency Response Team (BERT) to provide life preservation and meet the basic subsistence needs of affected populations, as well as the provision of ambulance units to enhance the capability to respond immediately to incidents.

He quoted Mayor Bautista that “DRR + Environmental protection = Urban Development.”

Introduction of the Guest of Honor - Dr. Mark de Guzman, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University, Baguio City

Dr. Mark de Guzman

Dr. De Guzman provides an introduction for the Guest of Honor of the Event, Mr. Aldrin Cuña, representing Mayor Herbert Bautista of the Quezon City Government.

Response of the Guest of Honor - Mr. Aldrin Cuña, QC City Administrator (proxy of Mayor Herbert Bautista)

Mr. Aldrin Cuña

Mr. Cuña thanked Dr. Raza for helping QC to become the first city/LGU with a complete Local Climate Change and Adaptation Framework/Plan and its integration into the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and City Development Plan (CDP). He also thanked Dr. Raza for partnering with QC in crafting the academic program (the MBA program) wherein QC staff may enroll and thus come up with theses and studies especially on the need for relevant policies in relation to DRRM and LCCA concerns.

Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between PSBA-Manila and the Quezon City Government (QCG)

Signing of MOA

Dr. Jose Peralta (on behalf of PSBA-Manila) and Mr. Aldrin Cuña (on behalf of the QCG) sign the MOA between PSBA-Manila and QCG.This was witnessed by Archt. Pedro Rodriguez, Head of Quezon City’s City Planning Development Office (QC-CPDO), and Mr. Rogelio L. Reyes, Executive Director of Scholarship and Youth Development Program (SYPD) – Quezon City.

Soft launching of the book-to-be, QC Local Climate Change and Adaptation Plan, 2017-2027 (QC LCCAP 2017-2027)

Soft launching of QC LCCAP 2017-2027
Copies of QC LCCAP 2017-2027 during the soft launching
Representatives from the QCG, PSBA-Manila, and Guests of Honor hold their copies of the book, QC LCCAP 2017-2027, during the soft launching.

Representatives from the QCG, PSBA-Manila, and Guests of Honor present the soft-launching of the QC LCCAP 2017-2027.