The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a project monitoring in Palawan on December 3-7. The team monitored a total of twenty ongoing and completed projects located in the municipalities of Aborlan, Roxas, Taytay, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa City.
The monitoring team is composed of representatives from the Presidential Management Staff-Office for Regional Concerns (PMS-ORC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), private sector representative, and members of the provincial local monitoring committee of Palawan.
The team verified the status of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) road widening project in Roxas, Palawan which was suspended due to scarcity of aggregates and right of way problem.
Meanwhile, the two road projects monitored in Puerto Princesa City were delayed due to the issuance of tree cutting permits, relocation of electric posts and scarcity of aggregates. The other two road projects in Taytay, on the other hand, encountered peace and security problem.
The RPMT also visited the ongoing development of San Vicente Airport under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The CAAP has to issue the Notice to Proceed for the runway extension of 300 meters x 45 meters x 0.30 meters thick Portland cement concrete pavement and other miscellaneous works in January 2019. The airport requires a control tower for the air traffic management. The air traffic control tower was not included in the facilities funded by the Department of Transportation for CAAP implementation.
Meanwhile, the two projects of the DILG which is the concreting of roads from national highway to Eco-Park and Municipal slaughterhouse was completed while the construction of one unit evacuation facility phase 1 is ongoing with seventy percent physical accomplishment.
The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) projects, on the other hand, such as the construction and rehabilitation of Nicanor Zabala – San Miguel – Jolo farm to market road has thirty percent physical accomplishment. The ongoing cashew processing centers are located in Roxas while the construction of mango processing center is located in Puerto Princesa City.
The team also monitored the ongoing projects of the Palawan State University (PSU) and Western Philippines University (WPU). The construction of Science and Technological building of PSU was delayed due to the legal and technical requirements on the issuance of building permit from the Puerto Princesa City Government. The team also noticed the substandard aggregates that was delivered for the projects of WPU. That’s why the members recommended that construction materials should be sampled and tested for quality upon delivery while substandard materials should be rejected.
The 5-day activity concluded with an exit conference attended by representatives from the DPWH Regional and District Offices, Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB), and the DPWH contractors.
Discussed were issues on the delayed issuance of tree cutting permits, scarcity of aggregates and relocation of electric posts along the ongoing road projects. The representatives from PALECO, PENRO and PMRB committed to cooperate with DPWH to facilitate the project completion.