The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted field monitoring and assessment of damaged flood control projects in Oriental Mindoro on June 26-28.

The RPMT is composed of representatives from the Presidential Management Staff-Office for Regional Concerns (PMS-ORC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the provincial project monitoring team of Oriental Mindoro, the project monitoring team of Calapan City and project implementing offices of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Members of the 203rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army also joined the RPMT during the monitoring activity as observer.

The team was able to validate the damages caused by  typhoon Usman and identify critical areas for future flood control projects in Calapan City and the municipalities of Naujan and Baco.

Out of the nine flood control projects assessed and validated, the team found that the most urgent for repair/reconstruction is located in Barangay Buhuan, Calapan City due to the risk it may cause to the lives and livelihood of at least 60 households living in the immediate vicinity of the project. According to DPWH request for funding has already been submitted to the Office of Civil Defense under the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund (DRRMF) for the repair and reconstruction of the flood control projects. Meanwhile, the  DPWH  already did  some interventions and repairs to mitigate the damages to the structures.

The team also took time to monitor the ongoing coastal access road implemented by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).  The access road project amounts to ₱140 million with contract duration of 450 calendar days. The target date of completion of the project is on June 30, 2020. According to the contractor, the project is ahead of schedule with an accomplishment of 12 percent compared to the three percent target as of May 31, 2019.

The status of the relocation of the families that will be affected by the road project was also discussed with PPA. The PPA reported that proposed relocation site has been identified but has not yet been purchased.  They are also coordinating with the City Government on the appropriateness of the relocation site and their possible counterpart for the transfer of the affected families.

Meanwhile, the RPMT conducted the exit conference on the last day and discussed their findings with the implementing agencies together with the members of the local project monitoring team of Occidental Mindoro and the City Government of Calapan, to address the issues raised.