Ferdinand A. Pecson, the newly sworn Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) of the Philippines Executive Director, has vowed to optimize the agency and its program through pipeline development, policy reforms, and process improvement during his tenure.
In his statement published in the Philippine Information Agency, ED Pecson described the role of PPP Center in infrastructure development as ‘very strategic’. For him, the participation of private sector in infra projects contributes to raising the standards for construction, safety as well as how the projects should be done.
“We are not just focused on building the pipeline but we also want to make sure that the delivery of services and the fulfillment of the obligations both by government and private sector actually happen,” he said.
In a Global Investment Forum held in Taguig yesterday, Pecson noted the reality that there are inefficiencies in the PPP Center which can't be easily eliminated despite the change in administration, thus the need to exercise a stricter project management is a must for him.
“We are going to work with our partner agencies so we are looking at one plan for every project. When we talk about projects, we need to talk about project management. So we need to inject that discipline of managing projects well and we need to do it in a more collaborative manner,” he added.
ED Pecson is no stranger to the construction industry. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Philippines. Also in the same school, he had his PhD in Energy Engineering under a joint program with the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Philippines.
Prior to joining the PPP Center, ED Pecson was with FLSmidth A/S for seven years as Performance Director. He also worked for Holcim Philippines, Deere & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Solid Cement Corporation, and PHINMA Inc. Aside from these, he also served as an assistant professor for 11 years at the University of the Philippines' Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The new Executive Director sworn into office last Monday, November 21.
Source: Philippine Information Agency, with updates from Philippine Star