September 06, 2018
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Posted by NCID

With the support of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), the Navarra Center for International Development (NCID) Director Luis Ravina and Research Assistant Iván Kim were received by the Philippines’ National Police (PNP), Armed Forces and other institutions this past summer, in a trip to Southeast Asia and the Pacific that also included Singapore and Vietnam.

The ISA is a close friend organization of the NCID that brings together different actors of the civil population to make governance a “shared responsibility”. It also has a Performance Government System (PGS) scorecard for government agencies and local government units that “seeks to address corruption, improve services and attract investments in the country”. In the meeting where they presented the PGS to NCID’s staff, representatives of the National Police shared their experience with the Patrol Plan 2030, a complete strategy to enhance PNP’s role as an institution for the country.

Other important meetings were with the Philippines’ Army and Navy. Both institutions, through representatives of the high command, emphasized their reputation in the public opinion, their challenges, vision, mission and results in internal and external areas. Meanwhile, Mr. Ravina talked about the work that the NCID does, seeking for future collaboration.

In the Philippines, Mr. Ravina and Mr. Kim also met with Winston Padojinog, President of the University of Asia and the Pacific, to talk about common projects. Furthermore, they were received by representatives of the Philippine Heart Center, who shared the road to institutionalization of the hospital, and from the cities of Legazpi and Balanga, who talked about the situation of the local institutions, development projects in both cities and how do they measure success in their policies.

Finally, both NCID members went to the Singapore and Vietnam, where they  respectively met Nonito Bernardo, part of the International Finance Corporation and expert in privatization projects, and researchers Manuel Clavel and Dominic Cooray.