The NEDA Regional Office in  MIMAROPA conducted a two-day webinar on Road and Bridges Construction/Rehabilitation on October 20 and 21 through video conference. The capacity-building activity was the first of a series of Engineering for non-Engineers trainings for the members of the Local Project Monitoring Committees (LPMCs) and relevant stakeholders.

In her opening message, NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling expressed that she hopes  that everyone will gain better understanding and appreciation of how roads and bridges construction, the commonly-implemented infrastructure projects in the region, are done and to be monitored. She encouraged the 99  training participants to be vigilant in monitoring projects in their respective areas of jurisdiction amidst the pandemic.

The two-day training aimed  to enhance the capability of the  LPMC women and men members on monitoring infrastructure projects. Specifically, it aimed  to equip  members, who have no background in engineering works, with the technical side of monitoring roads and bridges construction projects in the region.

During the event, participants were familiarized on the stages, different materials and heavy equipment, construction methods, and common errors in constructing roads and bridges.  The participants showed interest and enthusiasm on  topics presented.  They asked questions and shared insights during the training.

Engr. Jojo R. Datinguinoo and Engr. Francis Bayani M. de Guzman of NEDA MIMAROPA Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division served as  resource speakers for the technical topics of the virtual training. The topics discussed include: The Classification of Roads; Common Equipment Used in Road Construction; Erroneous Practices in Base Preparation; Erroneous Practices in the Placement of Forms; Erroneous Practices in Concrete Works; Common/Major Defects in Concrete Pavement; Erroneous Practices in Drainage Construction; Erroneous Practices in Backfilling; Erroneous Practices in Stone Masonry Wall Construction; Common Defects/Deficiencies on Road Construction; and Bridge Construction/Rehabilitation.

In addition, participants also went through quick orientation on the following:  (a) Monitoring, Planning, and Implementation; (b) Organization and Functionality of Project Monitoring Committees; (c) Scope and Coverage of Monitoring & Evaluation; and (d) Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System  Forms.

The two-day training was formally closed by OIC Assistant RD  Bernardino A.  Atienza, Jr., who shared that two more webinar training series will be held next year to cover monitoring and evaluation of other areas of infrastructure projects.