DLSU joins the KDC family


On 25 August 2015, the 17th Knowledge for Development Community (KDC) in the country officially opens at The Learning Commons, made possible by the World Bank Philippines, in partnership with the Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG).

KDCs are schools, policy and research institutions that work in partnership with the Bank promoting knowledge sharing about development issues. These are also online resource centers open to the public where Open Development sites of the Bank are also made accessible to all for free (read more about KDC Philippines here).

During its launch, DLSU President Br. Raymundo B. Suplido FSC gave his words of welcome and anticipation on this meaningful partnership. Mr. Motoo Konishi, Country Director of the World Bank Office in Manila, shed light on the thrusts of the KDC and some insights on the country's progress and development. Dr. Francisco A. Magno, Director of the JRIG, looks forward to this partnership and to holding more knowledge sharing activities at the KDC.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) formally sealed the partnership. Signing for DLSU were Br. Ray, Dr. Magno and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Ms. Kai Shan L. Fernandez. Mr. Konishi signed for the Bank. Hon. Maria Leonor "Leni" G. Robredo, Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur, and better half of the late Mr. Jesse M. Robredo, also witnessed the inking of this Agreement.

A knowledge forum on "Sustaining Governance Reforms for Inclusive Growth" immediately followed. Dr. Magno, Mr. Rogier van den Brink, Lead Economist and Program Leader, World Bank, and Hon. Robredo served as discussants.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the KDC space at the 13th floor was held right after the forum. Meanwhile, the Robredo Week exhibit at The Learning Commons also opened at the 6th floor, which was graced by Ms. Patricia G. Robredo, Governing Board Member of the Jesse Robredo Foundation, daughter of Mr. and Hon. Robredo.