The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) headed by Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Apollo Edwin S. Pagano of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA conducted a field monitoring visit in Palawan on July 4-8. The team monitored 14 ongoing and completed projects located in Puerto Princesa City and the municipalities of Narra, Aborlan, San Vicente, and El Nido.
The monitoring team is composed of representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), NEDA, and members of the provincial local monitoring committee of Palawan.
The team verified the status of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) flood control (seawall) project in Narra, road project in support to agricultural production in Aborlan, road leading to declared tourism sites in San Vicente, and road widening and permanent bridge projects in Puerto Princesa City. All road projects were verified completed, with few recommendations from the RPMT such as improving slope protection and line canal drainage system, and installing road signages, among others.
The RPMT also monitored the Ibato-Iraan small reservoir irrigation project (SRIP) being implemented by the National Irrigation Authority (NIA). The project is 72 percent completed and is awaiting the memorandum of agreement or MOA signing between the tribal communities and National Irrigation Authority (NIA) to facilitate the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) application.
The RPMT also visited the ongoing improvement of San Vicente Airport under the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Phases 1 and 2 of the project were completed, and awaiting the completion of the control tower and power house to be fully operationalized.
Meanwhile, the classroom and science laboratory buildings at the Palawan State University (PSU) Puerto Princesa and El Nido Campuses were delayed due to problems encountered with their contractors.
The construction of the Presidential Management Staff-Integrated Operation and Services Continuity (PMS-IOSC) building Phases 1 and 2 located in Puerto Princesa City were completed. The installation of fire safety facilities will be funded under Phase 3.
The construction of multi-purpose building in Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa was delayed due to demolition works of the old existing barangay hall beside the construction site.
The team also took time to visit the El Nido Sewage and Solid Waste Treatment Plant. The state-of-the-art facility is a PHP490-million joint project of the provincial government of Palawan and the municipality of El Nido.
The 5-day activity concluded with an exit conference attended by representatives from the DPWH Regional and District Offices, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Provincial Planning and Development Office Palawan, and DPWH contractors. The findings of the team and recommendations to improve project implementation were presented during the conference.