The new two-year MoU was signed following discussions between FIDIC and DTI and has been ratified by the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), the policy making body for construction in the country and its implementing arm, the Philippine Overseas and Domestic Construction Board.
Under the terms of the MoU, the DTI will conduct a national awareness campaign on FIDIC contracts amongst construction industry stakeholders and include the contracts in its regular training programmes. They will also provide training on FIDIC contract modules for government engineers and other professionals involved in the procurement, contract drafting and administration of contracts for government infrastructure contracts.
For its part, FIDIC will support the nationwide information campaign programme to promote the use of FIDIC contracts amongst industry stakeholders, develop appropriate FIDIC training courses which may include the FIDIC Certified Consulting Engineers Programme (FCCE) and FIDIC Certified Contract Manager (FCCM) programme for government engineers and professionals involved in the procurement, contract drafting and administration of construction contracts for government infrastructure projects.
FIDIC will also provide FIDIC Certified Trainers for the envisaged nationwide information campaign programmes and also for FIDIC contracts trainings specifically geared for government engineers and professionals involved in procurement, contract drafting and administration of government infrastructure contracts to enhance the use of FIDIC contracts. FIDIC will also provide attendance certificates for those who successfully complete training courses and provide certification, through FIDIC Credentialing’s global processes, for those who successfully complete its Certification Programme. Appropriate training materials for the nationwide information campaign and FIDIC training programmes will also be provided.
Commenting on the signing of the MoU, FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with the Philippines DTI and to be working in collaboration with them on delivering a FIDIC contract training programme for their staff over the next two years. This is great news for FIDIC and also the construction sector in the Philippines and we look forward to continuing to working closely with stakeholders there over the coming months and years.”
Doris U Gacho, executive director of the Philippine Overseas and Domestic Construction Board, said: “Our MOU signing marks a significant milestone in our collaborative effort to capacitate our engineers on FIDIC contracts, which will be beneficial in support of the government’s drive to ‘Build Better More’. We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and are confident that, with FIDIC’s continued guidance and support, we will achieve remarkable results in the coming months.”
Editors’ note: Image shows FIDIC CEO Dr Nelson Ogunshakin and Ireneo V Vizmonte, undersecretary at the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), at the signing ceremony of the new two-year memorandum of understanding.
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FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, is the global representative body for national associations of consulting engineers and represents over one million engineering professionals and 40,000 firms in around 100 countries worldwide. The buildings and infrastructure sector in which FIDIC members work contributes around US$36trillion to global GDP.