The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a four-day field monitoring visit in the province of Occidental Mindoro last October 24-28.  The team was composed of representatives from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Office of the President – Presidential Management Staff (OP-PMS), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and members of the provincial local monitoring committee of Occidental Mindoro. 

The RPMT visited various infrastructure projects implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The team verified the status of the DPWH preventive maintenance port road project in San Jose; widening of permanent bridge in Rizal; construction of flood control structure in Calintaan; Mindoro Cross-Island road project in Sablayan; and  ​​​​​​​bridge construction projects in Abra de Ilog.

When completed, these visionary, scenic mountain roads would reduce travel time from Calapan City (designated regional government center) to Mamburao (capital of Occidental Mindoro) from ten hours to two hours.  These projects are also considered part of the transport redundancy network that can provide alternative routes in case of a disturbance in some part of the system during emergencies.

The timely completion of the Mindoro Island Circumferential Road and the Mindoro Cross Island Road would certainly enhance the mobility of goods and services and fast-track the economic recovery and growth of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro.​​​​​​​

The RPMT also conducted ocular inspection of the ongoing projects inside the Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) campus, such as the rehabilitation of two-storey classroom building, construction of dormitory and canteen, and covered pathway.  The completion of the projects will benefit 4,478 students, employees, and other stakeholders in the OMSC campus.

The upgrading/concreting of the farm-to-market road project under the Department of Agriculture–Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) located in Barangay Poblacion in the municipality of Magsaysay was also monitored by the RPMT. The project will benefit a total 1,672 households and farmers in the community and also the people in the neighboring barangay of Caguray.  

Meanwhile, the extension project in San Jose port and the expansion project in Abra de Ilog port were also inspected.  The extension of the San Jose port aims to strengthen its port connection to Coron, Palawan, while  the expansion of the Abra de Ilog port will provide additional two roll-on/ roll-off (RoRo) ramps to accommodate four RoRo vessels serving the Batangas–Abra de Ilog route.

​​​​​​​The four-day field monitoring and inspection activity concluded with an exit conference held in the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of Occidental Mindoro wherein findings and recommendations of the RPMT were discussed with the Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro (PGOM). The PGOM committed to assist in fast-tracking the completion of the projects and monitor their progress in implementation.