MOTC holds Training on Transport Logistics and Development Planning
“This is one of the breakthroughs in our efforts to pursue and accomplish our mission of providing fast, efficient, reliable, and safe transportation to the Bangsamoro,” Minister Dickson Hermoso of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications reiterated in his statement during the recently concluded Transport Logistics Roadmap Development Training Program conducted for the ministry’s top and mid-level management officers at the BARMM Transport and Logistics Plan at the Hotel Pagana, Cotabato City, on July 19, 2022.
For cross convergence, other ministries and transportation committees of the BTA were invited for their inputs and to be familiar with the issues, framework, and overall approach related to the formulation of a comprehensive BARMM Transport and Logistics Plan.
To address challenges in the transition and as it expands its position and emerges into a relatively independent transport sector in the future, MOTC-BARMM sought to revisit its channels of operations, in terms of logistics concepts and development, to properly address the needs of its constituents and bring about poverty alleviation and socio-economic reforms in the region.
This activity aimed to discuss pressing transport and logistics opportunities and challenges at the national level and situate them in BARMM; understand salient principles in economics, public-private partnership, and transport network and regional development and how they can be applied in formulating efficient and effective transport and logistics plans; and to jumpstart initial planning activities for the formulation of BARMM Transport and Logistics Roadmap.
Hence, on June 21, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), MOTC, and the USAID-Funded Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate technical assistance in developing the MOTC’s Medium-Term Logistics Roadmap. RESPOND was tasked to conduct a series of capacity-building sessions for the officers and staff of the ministry and its attached agencies in the areas of regional development planning, transport infrastructure development, policy, and regulatory governance, and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Framework.
UPPAF RESPOND and MOTC-BARMM’s goal is to create a Medium-Term Transport Logistics Roadmap that can be utilized as tool to enhance logistics management and in the strategic implementation of projects.
“This is a first of many capacity-building interventions of the ministry with the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation (UPPAF), the lead implementing agency of the USAID RESPOND,” said Minister Hermoso. The RESPOND team included Dr. Hussein Sinsuat Lidasan, Dr. Arturo Corpuz, and Dr. Enrico L. Basilio, distinguished speakers and experts in Transport & Regional Planning, and Development Economics from prestigious Universities and foreign institutions.