The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) in MIMAROPA conducted a project visit in Lubang Island to check on the actual situation of infrastructure projects in the area. The visit was conducted last April 2-6, 2018. Based on the quarterly report submitted to RPMC by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the infrastructure projects in the area are encountering more than 50 percent negative slippages.
Engineers Francis Bayani De Guzman and Jojo Datinguinoo of NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA, Mr. Lorenzo Suarez of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) MIMAROPA, Mayor Roberto Sanzhez of Lubang and Looc local project monitoring teams composed the monitoring team. They checked on the status of 19 projects in Lubang Island, eight (8) of them them are in Looc while eleven (11) are in Lubang. Three (3) of the projects visited under the implementation of DPWH regional office while the other projects are under the DPWH Occidental Mindoro district engineering office.
During the visit, the team found out that the major cause of project delays is the difficulty of transporting construction materials due to island’s geographic location.
The four-day activity concluded with an exit conference with the members of the local project monitoring committees and representatives of DPWH. Corrective actions as laid out in the catch up plans of the contractors were discussed. The DPWH, meanwhile, committed to undertake immediate action to resolve the identified major problem.
Aside from the monitoring activities, the NEDA personnel also conducted orientation-trainings on Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) with geotagging for local project monitoring committees of municipalities of Lubang and Looc on April 2-3, 2018, respectively.