The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Secretariat conducted a two-day engineering for non-Engineers webinar series on October 12 and 13. This third installment of the webinar series focused on irrigation systems and flood control structure construction.
The training was attended by 101 participants from various government agencies and organizations composed of four provincial, one city and 19 municipal local government units, two state universities, three private sector representatives, RPMC members, and NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA personnel.
NRO MIMAROPA Regional Director (RD) and RPMC Chairperson Agustin C. Mendoza underscored the significance of acquiring knowledge on flood control and irrigation systems and its application in project monitoring, and in sustaining socioeconomic development in the region.
Engr. Francis Bayani De Guzman of NRO MIMAROPA discussed the safety measures in the conduct of field monitoring visits during pre-departure, onsite pre-inspection, and in the actual monitoring or inspection.
Engr. Khen Rivera of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) MIMAROPA introduced irrigation systems with emphasis on diversion works, canals and canal structures, and common materials and equipment used in the construction. He also provided a comprehensive discussion on earthwork activities, concrete works, rubble masonry and support structure.
For the second day, Engr. Calvin Cadatal from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) MIMAROPA discussed the relevance of flood control in the region and cited the nature and types of floods. He also tackled the type of flood control structures, construction, and common flood control projects in the region.
Engr. Dennis P. Abagon, also from DPWH MIMAROPA, discussed the social acceptability, compliance to regulatory requirements, and erroneous practices in the construction of flood control structures. He capped his lecture with the topics on assessment of flood control structure and operation and maintenance.
OIC-ARD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. in his closing message, thanked all the participants and the resource speakers. He underscored that the knowledge shared by the speakers is timely, and necessary to achieve the sustainable and effective project development, investment programming, and project monitoring and evaluation in MIMAROPA.