To ensure strong coordination with other DENR offices and to properly implement its mandate to oversee, coordinate and facilitate the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the department’s foreign assisted and special projects, the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) conducted a three-day workshop on December 16-18, 2015 at the Interpark Hotel, Subic, Zambales.

The event was deemed a success as all heads of the operating units attended the event and had the opportunity to present the roles of their units in relation to FASPS operations and vice versa. The presentations paved the way for the determination of gaps and solutions to counter the problems identified.

The magnitude and nature of FASPS mandate require strong coordination with other offices to ensure success in the implementation of special projects. Close working relationship among all concerned DENR operating units is necessary to meet the demands and requirements of both local and international donor institutions.

The workshop discussions centered on the financial accomplishments of FASPS; planning and policy issues, e.g. drafting of guidelines, procedures, standardization, and the like; roles and responsibilities of each operating units; and funding institutions rules and regulations in procurement and disbursement. Public-Private-Partnership Program and Global Environment Facility Process Flow were also discussed in the workshop as these would involve major projects to look forward to in the coming years.

Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi and Assistant Secretary Rommel Abesamis attended the workshop to provide guidance and direction.

In his opening remarks, Usec Gerochi said that FASPS should fill the knowledge and activity gap of the Department and it was the mandate of the Service to develop projects that basically address the gap in collaboration with donor institutions, regional offices, and other stakeholders. He added that substantial projects must be implemented so that FASPS presence would be felt. #


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