Gov't Agencies Forge Accord

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Gov't Agencies Forge Accord


Manila, Philippines - The Departments of Social Welfare and Development and National Defense on Wednesday forged a partnership with some 40 private organizations to provide faster and more effective disaster response at times of emergencies. The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was led by DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman, DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, and 40 private firms, aims to help address the need for more resources in responding to the needs of families and communities during emergencies."The assistance of the private sector, particularly business establishments and associations as well as civil society organizations is necessary to enhance response capability by augmenting the government's resources," Soliman said.Under the MoU, the DSWD and partner organizations commit to strengthen coordination during disaster response activities especially at the height of disaster occurrences. (Ellalyn De Vera)MMDA chairman lauds employeeAn official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is one of the semi-finalists in this year's search for outstanding public officials and employees by the Civil Service Commission.Assistant General Manager for Planning Corazon Bautista-Cruz is selected as one of the 19 contenders in the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award Individual Category. Architect Jeremias Cruz, her husband, accepted the award on her behalf as she is currently in the United States.MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino applauded Cruz for being nominated to this prestigious award, saying she truly deserves to win because she is dedicated, competent, and has invaluable contributions to the success of MMDA as an agency.Cruz boasts of 32 of continued government service in the field of urban planning and management, environmental planning, project management, monitoring, and evaluation. …

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