Media Relations Center
January 25, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Local Government Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED)
pushes for private sector-academe partnerships for local government
units to deepen economic collaboration and to help fuel local economic
government of Leyte hosted on Tuesday the LGSP-LED Forum on Engaging
the Private Sector and Academe to share concrete Filipino, Canadian
and international examples and experiences on how the LGUs can link
with the private sector to grow and diversify their local economies
resulting in more investments, jobs and an increased tax base.
The forum’s speakers
were global expert on developing creative rural economies Dan Taylor
and Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla.
In his lecture, Taylor
shared his experiences in growing local economies, emphasizing the
role of government as enabler and facilitator of the process.
Taylor espoused that
as “economies and the practice of economic development change,
communities must look at all of their assets both performing and
underperforming, and determine which ones can be harnessed as
community and economic building blocks”.
Gov. Petilla, on the
other hand, shared Leyte’s experience in partnering with the academe
in the challenging work of human resource development to ensure that
job skills match the needs of the local industries.
The governor shared
that the province has continuously worked with state colleges and
universities in the region to diversify their offered courses to
address the employee needs of existing and operational industries in
and outside the region.
The LGSP-LED forum was
also an opportunity to introduce the upcoming Guide for LGUs on
Formulating a Local Investment and Incentives Code. The code, it was
learned, is a proactive measure to draw both local and foreign
investments especially in priority area in a locality.
Select LGU alliances,
namely the designated Local economic and Investment Promotions
Officers, across the Philippines participated in the forum that
Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance comprised of the provinces
of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, Panglao-Dauis-Baclayon (PaDaYon)
Marine Triangle of the province of Bohol and Northern Samar.
LGSP-LED is an
eight-year old collaborative program of the Philippines and Canada
through the DILG and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Now on its fourth year, LGSP-LED is geared towards strengthening the
enabling environment for good governance and sustainable local