The MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a field monitoring visit in the province of Romblon on July 25-29, 2022. The team monitored a total of 11 ongoing and completed projects located in Odiongan, San Andres, Calatrava, San Agustin and San Jose municipalities.

The monitoring team consists of representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and members of the provincial local monitoring committee of Romblon.

The team verified the status of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) municipal police station project in San Andres; reconstruction of roads with slips, slope collapse and landslide along Tablas circumferential road in Calatrava and San Agustin; Odiongan by-pass and diversion road; and road leading to declared tourism sites in San Jose. Five of the DPWH projects were ongoing and one project was completed. The RPMT recommended the following: (a) ensure proper and regular maintenance of the completed project; b) fast track the acquisition of road right of way; and c) install road signage and billboards, among others.

The RPMT also monitored the Marigondon Sur Communal Irrigation System (CIS) in San Andres and the Pandan CIS in Santa Fe being implemented by the National Irrigation Authority (NIA). The original project contracts were terminated and the remaining works is being undertaken by force account works (by admin).

The RPMT also visited the ongoing construction of Barangay Pato-o – Sitio Aurora Farm to Market Road with two bridges funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The project was delayed due to the existing electrical posts needed to be relocated. There was also the need for additional box culverts which were not included in the original plan.

Moreover, the rehabilitation of College of Arts and Science Building at the Romblon State University (RSU) Odiongan Campus was completed.

The team also took time to visit the Tumingad Solar Power Plant. The state-of-the-art facility provides clean, green and reliable electricity to 43,400 households in Romblon with total dependable capacity of 7.9 megawatts.

The 5-day activity concluded with an exit conference attended by representatives from the DPWH Regional and District Offices, NIA Romblon, RSU, Provincial Planning and Development Office  Romblon. The findings of the team and recommendations to improve project implementation were presented at the conference.