The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA conducted the webinar Engineering for Non-Engineers on March 22 and 23 through Zoom vide oconference. The training is a rerun of the first session of the webinar series focusing on roads and bridges construction.

It was attended by 99 participants, consisting of 51 men and 48 women, from various government agencies and organizations composed of five provinces, two cities, 26 municipalities, one state university, 11 nongovernment organizations, representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial offices, and staff from NRO MIMAROPA. 

In his opening message, NRO MIMAROPA Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of being well-equipped and in enhancing the quality of monitoring projects at the local level owing to the implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court ruling.

Mr. Roy A. Dimayuga, Engr. Amalia F. Santiago, Engr. Francis Bayani M. De Guzman, and Mr. Keizher T. Marasigan of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division served as  resource speakers on the first day of the training.  The topics covered monitoring and evaluation, planning, implementation, gender mainstreaming efforts, and organization of project monitoring committees.

Engr. Jakeson D. Alcones discussed the road classification, common equipment used including earth works such as embankment, base, and sub-base course involved in road construction, and erroneous practices.

On the second day, Engr. De Guzman continued the discussion on roads such as  surface course, drainage and slope protection structures, and common defects and deficiencies. This was followed by a presentation on bridge construction and rehabilitation by Engr. Jojo Datinguinoo.

The participants were also provided with additional information on the use of Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System  Forms 7 and 8, on the project inspection report and problem solving session or facilitation meetings conducted, respectively.

NRO MIMAROPA ARD  Apollo Edwin S. Pagano, in his closing message, stressed the key lessons from the presentations and insights from the participants. He underscored that the valuable knowledge gained from the training is essential to achieve effective project monitoring and evaluation in the MIMAROPA region.