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NEDA MIMAROPA Conducts Second LPMC Training on Engineering for Non-engineers

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The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA conducted a two-day webinar on building construction on April 26-27  through zoom video conference. The capacity-building activity is the second of a series of trainings on engineering for non-engineers intended for the Local Project Monitoring Committee (LPMC) members.

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Regional Director  (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling of NRO MIMAROPA  welcomed the participants to the webinar series, and expressed her gratitude for their dedication and effort in attending the training despite the multiple tasks they are doing in their respective offices.

RD  Sumbeling underscored the overall goal of the training, which is to provide the participants with additional knowledge on the basic concepts and terminologies related to monitoring infrastructure projects with special focus on building construction including gender mainstreaming efforts, relevant laws and applicable codes, appropriate materials, equipment used, construction safety; and identifying  erroneous practices in building construction.

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Participants were also provided with the know-how on the stages, requirements, and methods of constructing a building.

Mr. Roy Dimayuga, Mr. Keizher Marasigan, Engr. Jojo R. Datinguinoo and Engr. Francis Bayani M. de Guzman of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division of NRO MIMAROPA served as resource speakers for the virtual training. The topics discussed include: Gender Mainstreaming in Project Implementation, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMME) and Relevant Laws and Applicable Codes, Construction Safety, Equipment used in Building Construction, Materials, Building Construction Activities, and Erroneous Practices in Building Construction.

A total of 57 persons, consisting of  31 men and 26 women, comprised the training participants from the Department of Budget and Management MIMAROPA; Department of the Interior and Local Government MIMAROPA; City Governments of Calapan, and Puerto Princesa; local government unit (LGU)  of Gasan, Marinduque; LGUs of Baco, Bongabong, Gloria, Naujan, San Teodoro, and Victoria, Oriental Mindoro; Provincial Governments of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Palawan; Mindoro State University; Occidental Mindoro State College; Palawan State University; Romblon State University; Western Philippines University; Rotary Downtown of Calapan; Rotary Club of Mamburao Central; Calapan Labor Service Development Cooperative; Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement – Marinduque; Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc,; Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers; and personnel  from NRO MIMAROPA.

ARD Bernadino A. Atienza, Jr, in his closing remarks, underscored the lessons drawn from the knowledge and experiences of the resource persons and from the inputs of other participants that should serve as their anchor to properly monitor infrastructure projects specifically on building construction. Their acquired additional knowledge will help ensure better building and safer communities for the region and the country as a whole.

He also added that having finished this segment of webinar series, it will make the participants to be more vigilant and help ensure good governance, to ensure government’s meager resources will not go to waste. And will guarantee that the buildings will be constructed with utmost regard for quality, cost and schedule.