DILG to tap academe for infrastructure design

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) XI said it would tap the academe to provide additional personnel to local government units (LGU), especially in terms of infrastructure design.

 The partnership would involve schools providing interns to local government who are capable of providing output such as detailed engineering designs, among others.

 This amid perceived delays in the implementation of development projects in the various local governments in the Davao region.

“It is not true that there is no money in local government coffers,” DILG regional director Alex Roldan said. “The problem is that there are development projects that cannot be implemented.”

Roldan said that he would be calling for a conference with academe who would be tapped to provide, for example, students in courses such as architecture and engineering to help design projects.

 The current practice, he said, is for engineering offices in local governments to assign job orders for the task.

Much of the delay in the implementation of local government projects is the process itself, including design and bidding.

The student designers, in exchange, would be given a form of on the job training in the designs they would provide for the local government, subject to the approval of the head of the agency.

“We want to help local governments hasten the implementation of their projects,” Roldan said.

 The DILG’s stake in the process is the delay in the implementation despite the completion of memorandums of agreement.

The problem is the documentary requirements such as detailed engineering designs and documents such as those for rights of way are not yet complete due to a lack of personnel.

“These could also be part of their curriculum,” Roldan said.

The idea could be cheaper for the LGU and would be good for the students when they graduate, since they would be carrying with them major experience.

There are already local governments that partner, for example, with business schools to hire interns in some of their offices.

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