13.09.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta Inks Partnership with the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. (PICE)

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UNESCO Jakarta successfully signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. (PICE) on 07 September 2018 at Marriott Hotel Manila, Pasay City, Philippines. This partnership has been created for the design and construction of Girls Education Center within the compound of the Department of Education Regional Office VIII-Eastern Visayas, Palo, Leyte, Philippines. This infrastructure is under the project “Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines” with the financial support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of the Republic of Korea.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office, Jakarta and Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral, PICE National President and concurrently, Undersecretary for Planning and Public-Private Partnership of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippines. The simple ceremony was graced by the presence of Dr. Robert Licup, PICE 1st National Vice President, Mr. Erdsan Rene S. Suero, PICE Executive Director and Ms. Miriam Coprado, Chief of Project Development Division – Project Management Service, Department of Education, Philippines. Also in attendance were key staff of UNESCO Manila Project Office, PICE National Secretariat and Department of Education, Philippines.

Prof. Shahbaz Khan expressed his gratitude to PICE for collaborating with UNESCO and hopes to have more cooperation in the future. He said that engineering is an important part of UNESCO’s mandate and this partnership on the design and construction of the centre can be highlighted in many levels as this centre will help and provide special focus to the lives of out of school youths especially girls. He added that this endeavor is a first in the history of UNESCO Jakarta – something unique and should be proud of. Furthermore, Prof. Shahbaz Khan mentioned that with this partnership, PICE’s contribution in the project will guide UNESCO to ensure efficient design and construction of the center that will serve as a one-stop shop alternative learning system institution and facility in the area delivering alternative learning opportunities for out-of-school girls. The centre is envisioned to be a world-class facility that has a state of the art facilities and equipment with learning session rooms, offices, learning resource centre, ICT room with audio-visual facilities, and laboratories among others. Moreover, the centre will provide accessibility to differently-abled learners, teachers, officials and guests at all levels (PWD friendly design) and a disaster-resilient building with a total gross floor area of 1,365 square meters more or less and a total building footprint area of 381 square meters more or less. It is intended for a capacity of around 200 learners located within the Department of Education Regional Office VIII-Eastern Visayas in the Municipality of Palo, Province of Leyte, Philippines

On the other hand, Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral also conveyed her appreciation for the support given by UNESCO in the Philippines through the provision of an education centre in Palo, Leyte, speaking not only as the PICE National President and a representative from the government but as a Filipino.  She stated that this MoU signing ceremony is a momentous occasion and stressed that PICE together with its stakeholders such as contractors and consulting sectors as well as the academe are fully supporting this partnership. The PICE has a membership of around 87,000 civil engineers from the government and private sectors and has more than 100 chapters nationwide as well as overseas which could help UNESCO in fulfilling its mandate.

The PICE is a well-recognized national professional organization of civil engineers in the Philippines established since 11 December 1973. Its mission is to advance the welfare of its members and the development and prestige of the civil engineering profession and to be a dynamic force in nation-building. As such, one of the objectives of PICE is to enhance social responsibility and community involvement of civil engineers by 1) offering technical services for community development programs and 2) collaborating with other professional organizations in the conduct of community development programs.

The major responsibilities of PICE enumerated in the MoU are the following:

  • Share construction standards and other relevant and vital information during the pre-procurement period based on the best practices already established in the Philippines with regards to building construction specific to the undertaking;
  • Assist in the dissemination of Invitation to Bid for the design and construction of Girls Education Centre among its members and networks in procuring potential contractors/construction providers;
  • Provide professional technical expertise and guidance in the review of the bid submitted by potential contractors;
  • Provide professional technical advice in the selection of the best bid for the proposed project with consideration on contractor’s competence and bid excellence;
  • Designate focal person/s from its members in Tacloban City, Philippines or nearby areas that will serve as the local coordinator for UNESCO and DepEd;
  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the project construction; and
  • Provide additional professional technical support if deemed necessary and essential.

This collaboration with PICE will surely pave way for a successful implementation of the project and the achievement of its primary objective which is to improve the quality of life for girls living in poverty. UNESCO will acknowledge PICE’s contribution and support in all its publications, press releases, reports, etc. related to the design and construction of the centre.

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