Acting Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC)  Chairperson Susan A. Sumbeling who is also Regional Director (RD) of the  NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA presided over the MIMAROPA RPMC  meeting through  Zoom video conference last  September 18.

In her message, RD  Sumbeling underscored the urgent need to fill out two private sector representatives (PSRs) posts of the monitoring committee, in addition to one RDC PSR member already on board. She added that the secretariat already sought the assistance of provincial planning and development coordinators for referrals on potential RPMC PSRs.

Meanwhile, the secretariat presented the 2nd Quarter RPMES Report with higher turnout of projects submitted, and numbers of implementing agencies submitting RPMES forms.  In particular, there were a total of 643 projects processed from 22 implementing agencies for the second quarter. Of the reported 643 projects, 140 projects (22 %) encountered problems in implementation, while 50 projects (8%) were reportedly completed during the reporting period. The common reason for the delay in project implementation was the imposition of restrictions on constructions due to the enhanced community quarantine in the region.

The Committee also extensively discussed the status of Ibato Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project in Palawan, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)  major projects, the Department of Agriculture- Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) sub projects, Provincial Project Monitoring Committees (PPMCs)/Municipal Project Monitoring Committees(MPMCs) functions, and  updates on the electronic Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (eRPMES).

Meanwhile, the DPWH presented updates on 14 ongoing priority projects in the region that include the construction/road opening of Mindoro Island Circumferential Road, Victoria Sablayan Cross Island Road, widening of Puerto Princesa South Road (PPSR) from two lanes to six lanes, road widening of Tapul-Bahile, and the Olango and Punong Bridges in Romblon.

The secretariat briefed the RPMC members on the ongoing eRPMES development, which was being undertaken, in partnership with the NEDA Information and Communications Technology Staff – Information System Development Division (ICTS-ISDD). The system development consists of three phases namely: Phase 1 Project Preparation and Requirements Gathering, Phase 2 eRPMES Form Development, and Phase 3 System Testing.

Already ahead of schedule, the NEDA ICTS-ISDD is determined to have the system go live by second week of November 2020, conduct the online users training, and meet the three-month development goal.

On other matters, the RPMC conferred a virtual Plaque of Recognition to Engr. Alfredo L Lupig, former President of the Philippine  Institute  of Civil Engineers (PICE) – Oriental Mindoro Chapter, for his invaluable contributions and services as PSR  of the RPMC from September 2019 to June 2020.

Meanwhile, the PICE organization is in the process of completing the PSR nomination requirements of their new representative.