In a significant move towards fostering professional development and cooperation, Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). This partnership, which encompasses various areas of collaboration, represents a vital step in enhancing the capabilities and expertise of MMDA personnel, while furthering the advancement of public administration and urban planning management in Metro Manila.
The MOA, officially inked by MMDA Acting Chairman Romando S. Artes and MLQU Executive Vice President Lucille P. Ortile, outlines an extensive framework for collaboration. It signifies a shared commitment to nurturing an environment of mutual growth, where the exchange of knowledge and resources will play a pivotal role in realizing the potential of Metro Manila.
The agreement covers several key areas for collaboration:
Notably, before the MOA signing ceremony, MMDA enrolled ten of its personnel in MLQU’s Masters in Public Administration program under a specialized and tailored class structure. This demonstrates a commitment to immediate upskilling and investment in the professional development of MMDA staff. Their tuition fees will be covered by MMDA, highlighting the agency’s dedication to nurturing a highly skilled and capable workforce.
Chairman Artes, in his message, underscored the significance of this collaboration emphasizing the critical role it plays in ensuring the professionalism and continued upskilling of MMDA personnel. He recognized the importance of having a highly competent workforce to meet the evolving challenges of Metro Manila’s development.
EVP Ortile expressed her gratitude for MMDA’s trust in MLQU to deliver the necessary continuing education and training. She assured that MLQU is fully committed to providing high-quality academic learning tailored to the mandate of MMDA. She reiterated that the university will take the areas of collaboration seriously, with the ultimate goal of supporting MMDA in its mission to make Metro Manila a more efficient and resilient metropolis.
The MOA between MLQU and MMDA represents a significant stride towards improving urban management and public administration in Metro Manila. It is a testament to the power of collaboration between academic institutions and government agencies, fostering a culture of excellence, professionalism and continuous learning for the betterment of the cities and their residents. As this partnership unfolds, it is expected to yield innovative solutions and insights that will ultimately lead to a more efficient and sustainable Metro Manila.