ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency welcomed a delegation of 20 high-level Philippine government officials to share best practices on innovative, value-based mechanisms that can improve public procurement outcomes.
“USTDA is proud to strengthen our partnership with the Philippine government through this important visit,” said USTDA Deputy Director Enoh T. Ebong, who greeted the delegation at the Agency’s headquarters. “This program demonstrates the mutual commitment of our governments to obtaining the highest quality and best value for our public funds.”
The delegation, led by Mr. Dennis Santiago from the Government Procurement Policy Board – Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), will receive advanced training in life-cycle cost analysis, best value determinations and risk management from experts from the George Washington University’s Government Procurement Law Program as well as technical specialists from Green Powered Technology (McLean, Va.).
The delegates will also travel to Boston, Mass.; New York City, N.Y.; and Los Angeles, Calif. to meet with procurement officials and to view case studies in value-based procurement. While in Boston, the delegation will visit MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub to hear about innovative life-cycle cost analysis models for public infrastructure projects.
The visit marks the second phase of USTDA’s partnership with the Philippines under the Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI). The Agency is supporting the Government of the Philippines’ efforts to incorporate life-cycle cost analysis and value for money elements into their public procurement practices to obtain the best value for government funds and to improve overall procurement outcomes.
In September 2015, USTDA sponsored a GPI training for over 60 Philippine procurement officials in cooperation with the GPPB-TSO, the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Asian Development Bank.