The Regional Development Council (RDC) in MIMAROPA together with Director Kim Robert de Leon, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Yolanda Rehabilitation Project and the President’s Special Concerns, conducted a field monitoring visit of Yolanda Projects in Coron, Palawan last December 2017. The visit is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to fast-track the implementation of Yolanda Projects.
Engineers Francis Bayani de Guzman and Jojo Datinguinoo of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA (NRO MIMAROPA), RDC Private Sector Representative Rev. Fr. Arvin Anthony Madla of Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns, and members of the Palawan local project monitoring team were the members of the team.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Provincial Government of Palawan (PGP) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of housing projects in Busuanga, Coron and Culion in the Calamianes group of islands in Northern Palawan. As indicated in the MOA signed last February 5, 2015, the local government unit (LGU) will acquire the land while the NHA will provide the budget for the housing construction and land development. The LGU will also be responsible in the implementation of the project either by public bidding or by administration.
Meanwhile, Arch. Helario Valones of NHA Palawan assisted the team during their visit in the proposed location of the housing project in Bargy. Guadalupe, Coron, Palawan. He reported that 15% advance payment was released to the PGP amounting to P41.25 million on December 21, 2016. The PGP submitted 17 titles to comprise the 49 hectares for the resettlement site. The PGP will have to identify and conduct the topographic survey of the proposed site for the first 1,000 housing units in the said barangay. The NHA have prepared the initial schematic subdivision plan for the proposed project. Meanwhile, the validation of the list of typhoon affected families is still ongoing with the initial list of 1,005 families already validated by the NHA.
The team also visited the Coron District Hospital damaged by typhoon Yolanda. The Department of Health released P2 million in 2014 to the PGP for the repair of damaged hospital facilities and also provided the complete plans and program of works for the project. It was reported that 53 percent of the project has been accomplished as of December 11, 2017 with negative slippage of 47 percent.
The activity concluded with the findings discussed with the project implementers where commitments were given timelines for monitoring. Director de Leon committed to assist in fast-tracking the implementation of Yolanda projects in Palawan.