Acting Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Chairperson and OIC-Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA presided over the MIMAROPA RPMC meeting online through  zoom videoconference last  December 1.

In her message,  Sumbeling expressed her gratitude and recognized the unwavering support of the RPMC members and participants who served   selflessly in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic despite their many responsibilities to the country, community, and their family. She further emphasized the vital role of the RPMC members and stakeholders in the proper project implementation and monitoring including the conduct of regular RPMC meetings. At the same event,  she  also awarded Ms. Lorna T. Inmenzo, a retiree of the Department of Budget and Management MIMAROPA, with a plaque of recognition and expressed the sincere appreciation of the Committee for her invaluable contribution  during project field monitoring visits, problem solving sessions, and RPMC meetings.

The MIMAROPA RPMC also  confirmed  the selection of two Private sector representatives (PSRs),  in accordance with the revised 2020 RDC Manual of Operations and the 2016 RPMES Operational Guidelines. Engr. Marlon V. Chavez of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc.-Oriental Mindoro Chapter, and Mr. Lope T. Trajeco, Jr. of  the Rotary Club of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro were recommended for confirmation as RPMC-PSRs to the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the  73rd RDC-Full Council meeting. The nominees, who pledged their commitment  to RPMC, complement the lone  RDC PSR member already on board.

Meanwhile, MIMAROPA’s Department of Public Works and Highways, National Irrigation Administration, Department of Agriculture, National Housing Authority, and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines reported on the implementation of their major projects.

The  RPMC secretariat provided updates on the recently conducted Engineering for Non-Engineers webinar series with the topic on roads and bridges last October 20-21 and on the electronic Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) User’s training.

Finally, the secretariat presented the 3rd quarter RPMES report, and observed higher turnout of project reports and implementing agencies submitting RPMES forms. In particular, a total of 602 projects were reported for the 3rd quarter of calendar year 2020. Of the reported 602 projects, 186 projects encountered problems in implementation, while 128 projects or 21.26 percent were reportedly completed.​