(by: Dr. Rosalinda Tanguilan)
Caritas Christi urget nos!
The World Bank Group (WBG) and the St. Paul University Philippines - Knowledge for Development Community (SPUP-KDC) conducted a roundtable discussion to assess the ongoing WBG partnership with the Philippines towards promoting inclusive growth, poverty reduction and shared prosperity. The discussion contributed to the finalization of the Performance and Learning Review (PLR), the progress report on the current WBG Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with the Philippines. The roundtable discussion was held at SPUP Boardroom on May 23, 2017.
World Bank’s CPS is rooted in five “Engagement Areas (EAs),” namely: (i) transparent and accountable government; (ii) empowerment of the poor and vulnerable; (iii) rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth; (iv) climate change, environment, and disaster risk management; and (v) peace, institution building, and social and economic opportunity. The said areas are gearing towards inclusive growth and shared prosperity and resonate the goals of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).
Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, (University President) set the tone of the roundtable discussion as she warmly welcomed the participants. Meanwhile, the, Ms. Agata Pawlowska (Portfolio and Operations Manager, WB Philippines) elucidated the purpose and objectives of the event. Short intro presentations followed by a 3-segment discussion were tackled by Ms. Georgia Wallen (Senior Country Officer, WB Philippines). Moreover, the dialogue proper on Strategic Alignment with the PDP 2017-2022, Managing Risks and Lessons learned were facilitated and moderated by Ms. Lani Azarcon and Mr. Brendan Tangan from the WBG and SPUP respectively.
The participants were the key leaders from private and state universities, government agencies, local government officials, CSO leaders and youth leaders, who contributed their valuable perspective and meaningful insights on how to collaboratively work to support the government’s delivery of the new Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022.