The NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA or NRO IV-B through its Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a project monitoring visit in Palawan on April 2-6. The purpose of the visit was to check on the status of project implementation and to facilitate project completion of the various projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The monitoring activity was headed by NRO IV-B Regional Director (RD) Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan, who is also the chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Regional Project Monitoring Committee, together with the provincial project monitoring team of Palawan and RDC Private Sector Representative  Laurence Padilla.

The team monitored the following DPWH projects: construction/improvement of access road leading to Bacungan-Simpucan-Bagumbayan-Napsan Road; improvement/widening of Puerto Princesa South Road; and construction of flood control and drainage system along Puerto Princesa North Road.

The Port of Puerto Princesa was also visited to inspect the wharf deck/slab, concrete pavement and damaged/settled paving blocks, shear key and retaining wall.

The team also traveled to Aborlan in the southern part of Palawan to inspect the ongoing construction of Ibato Iraan Small Reservoir Project of NIA which is experiencing large negative slippage. The RPMC chair recommended that livelihood projects should be provided by national government agencies to alleviate the living condition of the indigenous peoples living in the area that  will be affected by the dam construction. A memorandum of agreement was signed between NIA and the elders regarding this.

Meanwhile, the road project of the DPWH in Puerto Princesa City encountered delays in implementation due to right of way problem. During the problem solving session conducted after the monitoring, RD  Anlocotan recommended that the veracity of the land titles along the roads be verified. If found that the titles are authentic, the DPWH may resort to expropriation to complete the road project.

The RPMC chairperson also met with RD Eugene G. Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense to discuss the various assistance given to Barangay Mangsee in Balabac, Palawan which was devastated by typhoon Vinta.

The findings of the team will be reported during the 2nd quarter RPMC meeting for validation with the concerned implementing agencies.