New  Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Chairperson Agustin C. Mendoza who is also  Regional Director (RD) of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA presided over the MIMAROPA RPMC  meeting through  Zoom video conference  on  June 8.

In his message, Mendoza expressed his support in continuing the capability building of the Local Project Monitoring Committees and the conduct of impact evaluation of the programs and projects in MIMAROPA region. He also underscored the urgent need to facilitate the completion of all infrastructure projects implemented by major agencies, identify the gaps that would require additional investments, and enhance decision making through the use of existing technologies such as the Geographic Information System.

Department of Public Works and Highways in  MIMAROPA reported that the Victoria-Sablayan Mindoro Cross Island Road and Puerto Galera-Abra De Ilog Mindoro Island Circumferential Road projects are ongoing and nearing its completion.  They also reported that the construction of the Coron-Culion Inter-Island Bridges was suspended until all the required clearances from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Management Bureau, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, and other requirements have been complied with and approved.

Meanwhile, the National Irrigation Administration MIMAROPA reported that they conducted a meeting with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for the finalization of the memorandum of agreement for the Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation System in Aborlan, Palawan.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) Regional Office IV, meanwhile,  presented the updates on the status of their remaining projects in the province of Palawan under the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program. The NHA Board has approved the mutual termination of the existing memorandum of agreement (MOA) between NHA and the Provincial Government of Palawan (PGP) pursuant to NHA Board Resolution No. 6569 dated  August 28,2019. NHA IV  also decided to implement the remaining projects under the “Design & Build” scheme.

The Department of Agriculture MIMAROPA presented the status of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in the region, particularly the status of the I-PLAN – Support to commodities, I-BUILD subprojects, MIMAROPA pipelined subprojects, I-REAP subprojects, and the Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Roxas, Palawan.

The secretariat also presented the first quarter RPMES report and the updates on “Proyektanglaw”  projects reported by different MIMAROPA government offices in the region. Of the reported 291  projects, 114 projects (39.18%) were completed, 102 projects (35.05 %) encountered problems in implementation, 39 projects (13.40 %) were on schedule, while 36 projects (12.37%) were ahead of schedule.

In closing, Mendoza rallied all agencies in attendance to regularly submit RPMES reports through the ProyekTanglaw System online.