The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in MIMAROPA conducted a site visit on January 24, 2018 to resolve issues that hamper the completion of the Mindoro Island Circumferential Road project (Puerto Galera – Abra de Ilog Road Section). This important project will connect the northern section of the province of Oriental Mindoro with the province of Occidental Mindoro. Currently, the areas in the north of Mindoro island are accessible by one-hour motorized banca from Abra de Ilog (Occidental Mindoro) to Puerto Galera (Oriental Mindoro), and vice versa.
The monitoring team was composed of Engr. Amalia S. Tuppil, Engr. Jojo R. Datinguinoo, and Mr. Jhunjun Fajutagana of NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA; Mr. Cesar Contreras and Mr. Jaypee Nardo of the Presidential Management Staff; and Engr. Anacorita Mercader of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWD) MIMAROPA. Assistant District Engineer Erwin Umali of Mindoro Oriental First District Engineering Office assisted the team during the conduct of the field monitoring activity.
The team inspected the three (3) kilometers stretch of the Puerto Galera road section with the DPWH engineers and contractor. The project has 55 percent physical accomplishment as of December 31, 2017. The revised completion date is on September 15, 2018. According to the contractor’s project engineer, they will be able to complete the project on time. The monitoring team, on the other hand, confirmed that the number of equipment on the ground is adequate to complete the project.
Meanwhile, the team took a boat ride from Puerto Galera section to the project in Abra de Ilog side located in Sitio Lucutan, Brgy, Udalo due to the inaccessibility of the project site. The project has 7.5 percent physical accomplishments as of December 31, 2017 with a negative slippage of 92.5 percent. The project’s delay was due to the difficulty to access the project site, transport of equipment, and delivery of supplies such as fuel for the heavy equipment, materials and parts for the maintenance, among others. The contractor also encountered as estimated 1.2 kilometer of solid rock excavation, which is not indicated in the DPWH plan.
The monitoring team was able to verify on site the actual situation of the project and recommended that DPWH should first conduct a thorough detailed engineering study of any major proposed project to avoid delays attributed to inappropriate design.