The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted field monitoring visit to several infrastructure projects in Calapan City Oriental Mindoro on July 22.
The monitoring team headed by Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Chairperson Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA together with Mr. Cesar Contreras of Presidential Management Staff-Office for Regional Concerns (PMS-ORC); Mr. Lorenzo F. Suarez of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) MIMAROPA; Engr. Marlon Chavez, RPMC private sector representative; and members of the provincial and city monitoring team of Oriental Mindoro and Calapan City visted the ongoing infrastructure projects being implemented by the Philippine Ports Authority Project Management Office (PPA-PMO) Mindoro, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office (DPWH) MIMAROPA.

The RPMT first visited the ongoing rehabilitation, expansion and construction of three-storey Passenger Terminal Building 1&2 in Calapan Port. The total cost of the said project amounts to PHP353 million with a floor area of 8,124.39 square meters. Once completed, the new Passenger Terminal Building can conveniently accommodate 2,774 passengers. The project is expected to be completed by February 18, 2023.

The team advised the contractor and the PPA-PMO Mindoro to properly observe the construction safety standards, use of complete personal protective equipment of the workers, and provide a project billboard in site for transparency purpose.
The PPA-PMO Mindoro also provided updates on the status of Port Zone Delineation of the Calapan Port.
The RPMT proceeded to the Calapan Airport Development Project wherein works consist of asphalting of runway and strip grade correction. The project is suspended while waiting for the conduct of a verification survey that will determine the final design and elevation of the asphalt runway. The contract amount for the said project is PHP34 million. Target date of completion will be finalized after the conduct of a joint survey.
Because the tourism industry is vital to the economic growth of Oriental Mindoro, the RPMT highlighted during the project briefing with CAAP officials, the possibility of expanding the Calapan Airport to accommodate bigger aircrafts. Calapan Airport is only two-hour drive away to the strongest tourist spot of the province, the Puerto Galera. On the other hand, a feasibility study is needed to assess the viability of having a commercial flight in Calapan Airport according to CAAP.

The RPMT also visited the DPWH-implemented infrastructure projects in support of the National Security inside the Camp Efigenio C. Navarro, Calapan City, and Oriental Mindoro.