The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) reviewed the status of major regional development projects being implemented in the region during the conduct of its fourth quarter meeting on November 16 through  Zoom video conference.

In his opening remarks, RPMC Chairperson and Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA emphasized the importance of arriving at common position among members and explore solutions for project implementation issues and concerns in the region.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) MIMAROPA reported updates on major infrastructure projects in the region, such as the status of Puerto Galera – Abra de Ilog Circumferential Road and Victoria-Sablayan Mindoro Cross Island Road with portions reported as completed, and remaining sections still subject for funding. The construction of cruise port and facilities in Puerto Princesa City  was already completed.

For the Coron-Culion Inter Island Project, the regulatory agencies such as the  Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) assured their full commitment to assist the DPWH in securing the required clearances and permits prior to the resumption of the implementation of the Coron-Culion Inter-Island Project.

The National Housing Authority IV, meanwhile,  reported updates of the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program with 28 housing units already completed and for turn-over to the local government unit  of Culion. The land development in Coron and other area in Culion is in progress for the construction of 3,076 housing units while the rest of the targeted areas with 1,912 housing units are still for issuance of Notice to Proceed to the contractor.

​​​​​​​Meanwhile, Engr. Lowell Lozano of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) MIMAROPA presented the updates on the implementation of Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project in Aborlan, Palawan. He cited that relative to the FPIC process, the draft memorandum of agreement for the said project is under review of the regional office of the NCIP.

The Department of Agriculture MIMAROPA reported the status of the Philippine Rural Development Project in the region, particularly the status of the I-PLAN – Support to commodities, I-BUILD subprojects, MIMAROPA pipelined subprojects, I-REAP subprojects, and the Marine Protected Area in Roxas, Palawan.

Subsequently, the secretariat presented the third quarter RPMES report with the status of 730 projects amounting to PhP22,150 million that were submitted by 22 regional line agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and state universities and colleges through the online ProyekTanglaw system. 

The 730 projects generated employment for  60,779 persons, of which 35,140 (58 %) were men and 25,639 (42 %) were women.  

A total of 292 projects or 40 percent have been completed, 132 projects or 18.08 percent were on schedule, and 146 projects or 20 percent were ahead of schedule. 

 On the other hand, a total of 160 projects or 21.92 percent of the reported projects encountered problems in implementation such as travel restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic, right-of-way, delayed delivery of construction materials, and unworkable site due to inclement weather condition. 

​​​​​​​The secretariat also reported the scheduled field monitoring visit in Occidental Mindoro on November 22-26, 2021. The projects to be monitored by the Regional Project Monitoring Team are those being implemented by the Philippine Ports Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Oriental Mindoro State College, PLGU of Occidental Mindoro, NIA and DPWH.

The Provincial Panning and Development Office of Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan reported the status of the Local Project Monitoring Committee (LPMC) functionality, citing that they reconstituted the members of their LPMCs. On the submission of project monitoring reports, they are encouraging their respective municipalities to regularly submit reports.

RD Agustin Mendoza thanked everyone for sharing their insights and providing reports resulting to another productive meeting.