PH LEADS WAY IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN HEALTH
Press Release/2 March 2012
“Indeed, the Philippines and the Department of Health are leading the way in showing the world how Public-Private Partnerships are done.”
Thus said Department of Health Undersecretary Teodoro J. Herbosa after returning from Geneva, where he served as a representative of the Philippines to Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Days 2012, the premiere global conference on PPPs.
Usec. Herbosa presented the activities of the DOH Center of Excellence in PPPs for Health during the meeting of the team of specialists on Public-Private Partnerships. The multi-awarded National Kidney and Transplant Institute's (NKTI) PPP project involving its hemodialysis unit was also presented, with the goal of educating other countries on how to conduct PPPs in the health sector.
The presentations of the Philippine delegation were met with approval and enthusiasm as other countries looked to the Philippines to document best practices in PPPs in health and share its experiences with others in the region and with the rest of the world. Andrei Vasiliyev the Deputy Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe commended and thanked the Philippines for its commitment in improving its health sector and in furthering its methods and expertise in the implementation of PPPs.
Early in 2011, the Philippines was chosen by the UNECE to be the site of its International Specialist Center Public-Private Partnerships in Health when Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona attended the same gathering in Geneva last year. The DOH responded by establishing its Center of Excellence in PPPs for Health in October of the same year. This unit is tasked with overseeing all PPP projects for health in the country. Among the DOH’s current major PPP projects are the modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Vaccine Self-Sufficiency Program which aims to provide a reliable supply of quality, locally produced vaccines. Also undergoing feasibility studies are 38 more PPPs which aim to enhance the facilities and service capabilities of 38 DOH Medical Centers across the country.
Other participants of the biennial conference in Geneva included James Neal, Managing Partner of the Global Infrastructure Advisory of Ernst and Young; Mariana Abrantes de Sousa, Chief Financial Officer to the Ministry of Health of Portugal; Massimo Ricchi, attorney for the PPP task force of the Council of Ministers of Italy; and Seyt Yalcin, PPP planning expert for the Ministry of Development of Turkey. Also in attendance were National Economic Development Agency Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, Celso Managan of the UNECE and NKTI Executive Director Dr. Aileen Riego-Javier.