USAID/SURGE Project

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On August 15 to 17, new USAID/Philippines Environment Office Deputy Chief Paul Seong and USAID/Philippines Urban Planning Specialist Marian Cruz-Navata conducted a validation visit of USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project activities in Puerto Princesa City. USAID/SURGE Component Team Lead Dr.

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On July 27, USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project organized a meeting with the Puerto Princesa City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, City Government Economic and Investment Office and the Department of Trade and Industry to map out Puerto Princesa City’s vision of boosting local and international investments to improve the local economy. USAID/SURGE encouraged stronger private sector participation in expanding and diversifying investments in the city.

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On July 26 to 27, USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Philippine Association of Building Officials (PABO) facilitated a workshop on streamlining building permits and certificates of occupancy system for the Puerto Princesa City government and other development partners.

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On July 25, USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project assisted the Puerto Princesa-Palawan Seaweed Network facilitate a consultative planning session with its member-growers, partners from support agencies, local government units, buyers, and processors. Updates on the network’s linkages and advocacy through its partnership with the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) were discussed. USAID/SURGE facilitated in January 2018 the institutional partnership between the two organizations.

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On July 10, 2018 the Building and Occupancy Permit One-Stop Shop (BPOSS) Technical Working Group led by Engr. Alberto P. Jimenez, Jr. and Engr. Rex G.

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On July 10, 2018 the Building and Occupancy Permit One-Stop Shop (BPOSS) Technical Working Group led by Engr. Alberto P. Jimenez, Jr. and Engr. Rex G.

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On June 28, Puerto Princesa City government created a management board, technical working group, and secretariat for its Building and Occupancy Permit One-Stop-Shop (BPOSS). City Mayor Lucilo Bayron signed Executive Order No. 2018-29 which defined the composition of the committees along with their functions, duties, and responsibilities. This includes their compliance with the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 or the Guidelines in Streamlining the Processes for the Issuance of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy.

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Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron and the Local Economic Investment Promotions Office, with the support of USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, held a business sector meeting on June 19 to discuss the concept of the 2018 Puerto Princesa City Investment Forum. Representatives of the Palawan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Puerto Princesa City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Palawan Banker’s Association, Board of Investments, and government agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry joined the meeting.

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On June 22, USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project supported Puerto Princesa City government’s 6th Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on asset management. The TWG discussed the status of the asset inventory and addressed issues. The road assets are already available in the road asset registry, and cadastral information, tax declaration, title, inventory of roads and other improvements, non-spatial data from accounting and legal offices are already integrated in the real property inventory.

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With the support of USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, Puerto Princesa City through the City Tourism Department organized the second tourism inter-agency coordination meeting on June 14. This was attended by 30 city government department heads, representatives of regional and provincial government line agencies headed by the Department of Tourism, and government-run tourism establishments. The business sector and tourism associations were represented by the Puerto Princesa City Chamber of Commerce and City Tourism Council.

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