The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a field monitoring visit in Occidental Mindoro recently. The monitoring team is composed of representatives from the Presidential Management Staff-Office for Regional Concerns (PMS-ORC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the provincial project monitoring committee of Occidental Mindoro and project implementing offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC).

The team was able to visit the completed projects under the Conditional Matching Grant for Provinces (CMGP) ad Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) programs of DILG, implemented by the provincial government of Occidental Mindoro. Because of the good performance of provincial government on the implementation of CMGP road projects, it ranked third nationwide in the top 20 CMGF 2017 Infra Component Performance Ranking.

Meanwhile, the expansion and development of fish landing in the municipality of Sablayan under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), also implemented by the provincial government is ongoing. The team suggested to consider the training of personnel who will handle the completed facility to ensure the sustainability of the project.

The team also verified the causes of delay of the ongoing projects in Occidental Mindoro.

The PPA, on the other hand, reported that the delay on the implementation of Abra de Ilog port expansion projects was due to the unpredictable sea condition which affected the installation of pre-stressed concrete piles. A request for time extension submitted by the contractor to PPA Central Office is currently being evaluated.

The construction of school building implemented by the OMSC in Sablayan Campus, meanwhile, is behind schedule due to the temporary closure of Lumintao bridge. The delivery of materials and equipment from the municipality of San Jose was affected by the bridge closure.

On the other hand, the Limlim Communal Irrigation System project of NIA was suspended due to high water level at Sagimsim Creek and Lumintao river which makes it difficult to transport the construction materials.

Meanwhile, two of the DPWH road projects monitored by the team were already completed. The other ongoing road projects encountered delays in implementation caused by right-of-way acquisition problem, issuance of tree cutting permit, and the presence of electric and water utility structures.

The RPMT discussed the findings with the implementing agencies during the exit conference together with the members of the local project monitoring committee of Occidental Mindoro. The concerned agencies committed to address the issues and facilitate project implementation.