The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a field monitoring visit in Busuanga, Coron, and island in Culion, Palawan on November 25-29.

The RPMT is composed of representatives from the Presidential Management Staff-Regional Field Unit (PMS-RFU), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Deparment of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), provincial project monitoring committee of Palawan, private sector representatives from the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). Also included were project implementing offices such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Palawan State University (PSU), National Housing Authority (NHA), Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital (CSGH) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The team monitored 21 ongoing, completed, and on-hold projects.

The team visited the infrastructure projects in PSU such as the construction of the PSU academic building, library and computer laboratory and the multi-purpose buildings.

Moreover, the Busuanga airport projects were also visited by the team. The two CAAP projects include the construction of a perimeter fence consisting of concrete posts with barbed wire, and the embankment for runway from Sta. 1+340 – 2+400 with lean concrete covering Sta. 1+340 – 2+200. The construction of perimeter fence was completed in September 2019, while the initial embankment for runway has 40 percent physical accomplishment.

The team also visited the five renovation projects (one HFEP and four Yolanda-funded) in CSGH. Three of the four Yolanda renovation projects were not started. During the meeting, the CSGH expressed its deesire to directly implement these stalled Yolanda renovation projects, which per DBM’s record are all still active.

The team also monitored the proposed site development, road concreting and construction of NHA Yolanda housing units being implemented by the provincial government of Palawan in Barangay Salvacion in Busuanga and Barangays Binudac, Galoc, and Baldat in Culion, Palawan. A total of 28 units have been completed and are about to be awarded to target beneficiaries at the time of the visit.

Five projects being implemented by DPWH were also visited. Three district projects, namely, the Chikang Bridge I, Chikang Bridge II, and Binalayan Bridge I were suspended at the time of visit due to the pending relocation of electric posts in the project site by local electric cooperative.

The five-day activity concluded with an exit conference attended by the representatives from the provincial government of Palawan, municipal government of Coron, DPWH regional and district offices, NHA, PSU, CAAP, and the RPMT. Discussed were issues on the difficulty in the delivery of materials, lack of workforce, and relocation of electric posts. The following were some of the recommendations of the team: a) tap the municipal employment service office in hiring local workers, b) advance bulk delivery of materials to avoid delay in construction, c) prepare timelines for the transfer of electric posts, and d) submit catchup plans and approved suspension orders.