The MBSDMP Project Kick-off Meeting was held at NEDA Executive Lounge on 13 February 2018. The Kick-off Meeting was presided by Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan and was attended by NEDA INFRACOM staff; representatives from the Dutch Embassy, representatives from OIDCI, TRACT, and UPLBFI; the Dutch Expert Team (DET), and the Local Consultants.
Undersecretary Tungpalan gave the opening remarks emphasizing the need for the MBSDMP to have a non-fragmented approach in addressing the issues surrounding Manila Bay. Similarly, it was highlighted that the strategic plan needs to be delivered quicker to take advantage on the momentum of investment projects. An inclusive stakeholder process will be conducted and promote a transparent and open working relationship between DET, NEDA and LCF.
Keynote speech was given by Mr. Jaco Beerends from the Dutch Embassy stating that the Dutch Government’s support for MBSDMP fulfills the broader goal of having cooperation and knowledge exchange between the two countries.
The general project overview was presented, and foreign and local consultants introduced themselves. Scope and Limitation of the project was discussed along with its potential issues, planning horizons, and the importance of inclusiveness in the stakeholder process.
The meeting concluded with a statement of firm commitment from key members present from NEDA, Dutch Government, DET and LCF that they will work together to deliver the needed MBSDMP.