The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted field monitoring visits to 28 infrastructure projects in Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) on December 10-11, 2019.

The RPMT is composed of representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), provincial project monitoring committee of Oriental Mindoro, provincial planning and development office of Oriental Mindoro, and private sector representatives from the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). The team was able to validate the status of 17 completed and 11 ongoing infrastructure projects in MinSCAT’s three campuses in Victoria, Bongabong, and Calapan City, all located in Oriental Mindoro.

The RPMT was impressed by the modern and elegant building designs of one MinSCAT contractor named the Karangyan Builders, Inc. All its completed projects were constructed meticulously and completed on time, while ongoing ones were ahead of schedule as of time of the visit.

The monitoring team advised MinSCAT to ensure all contractors to observe proper construction methods, safety standards, proper storage of construction materials, temporary office in project site, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) of laborers during work, and having standard size of project billboard displayed on site.

The monitoring activity concluded with the exit conference attended by the RPMT, representatives from MinSCAT, and the contractors. Based on the team’s findings and observations, MinSCAT was advised to strengthen their project monitoring/inspectorate team and conduct regular monitoring of ongoing projects. For ongoing constructions, contractors were advised to have a copy of important project documents (DED, POW, construction logbook, S-curve, and weather chart) available on the project site. They were also reminded to submit monthly accomplishments reports with geotagged photos of the project’s progress to MinSCAT, and to specifically observe construction safety standards, as they are working inside school campuses full of students.