The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted field monitoring in Romblon on March 10-15. The monitoring team is composed of representatives from the Presidential Management Office-Office for Regional Concerns (PMS-ORC), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), private sector representative (PSR), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and members of the provincial project monitoring committee of Romblon. Col. Antonio R. Lastimado of the 203rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army also joined the RPMT during the six-day monitoring activity as observer.
The team monitored 25 ongoing/completed projects located in the islands of Sibuyan, Romblon, and Tablas.
The team verified the status of the Department of Health (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) funded – romblon District Hospital in Romblon under 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and the Provincial Hospital in Odiongan, Romblon under 2017 GAA. The completion of the Romblon District Hospital main building has 80 percent physical accomplishment while the contruction of the building III of the Romblon Provincial Hospital has 52 percent accomplishment.
Meanwhile, completion of the Olango and Punong bridges monitored in Sibuyan were delayed due to lack of manpower and equipment. Punong bridge has 58 percent physical accomplishment while Olango bridge has 74.64 percent physical accomplishment as of March 11.
The upgrading of the 13,495 linear meters of the three sections of the Sibuyan circumferential road were also delayed due to lack of manpower and equipment. The contractors were subjected to liquidated damages because of this.
The team also visited the construction of Poctoy Shore protection/causeway in Odiongan, Romblon which was issued cease and desist order by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) on February 6 due to lack of necessary permit. The project has 96.68 percent accomplishment with target completion on February 2019. The DPWH is now in the process of securing the clearance from PRA for reclamation works.
The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Program (DA-PRDP) project, meanwhile, involves the construction of the 5,000 linear meters farm to market road with two bridges (60 linear meters and 80 linear meters) in Barangay Pato-o Proper Sitio Aurora, Odiongan Romblon. It has ten percent physical accomplishment. It started on September 9, 2018 with October 5, 2019 as target completion date. The project was delayed due to the contractor’s failure to submit the as-staked survey.
The team also monitored the ongoing construction of the two-storey Academic Building for the College of Engineering and Technology in Romblon State University (RSU). The project started on May 4, 2018 with March 15, 2019 as target completion date. It has 33 percent physical accomplishment and reported delay in implementation is due to lack of manpower and equipment.
The six-day activity concluded with an exit conference attended by the representatives from the Provincial Government of Romblon, DPWH Regional and District Offices, DA-PRDP, RSU, and the RPMT. Discussed were issues on the delayed submission of as-staked survey, lack of uquipment and manpower, use of inappropriate materials for scaffolding and securing of reclamation permit from PRA.
The representatives from the Provincial Government of Romblon, DA-PRDP, RSU and DPWH committed to resolve the issues raised to facilitate project completion.