NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte--The National Project Coordination Office (NPCO) announced that of the P26.7 billion worth of Intensified Building Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD) subprojects in the pipeline, P11.3 billion.worth of 190 subprojects has been approved.
The announcement was made during the Philippine Rural Development Project I-BUILD Component 7th Assessment and Coordination Meeting in Barangay Amontay, Nasipit here on October 13-16, 2015.
As of October 9, the cluster performance for Luzon A showed approved 22 subprojects worth P2,099,281,o97.39, Luzon B with 30 subprojects amounting to P2,224,089.72, Visayas got P1,932,571,008.94 for 25 subprojects, and Mindanao cluster with a total of 113 subprojects amounting to P5,113,112,803.26. Of the 190 approved subprojects, 69 are already implemented the bulk of which are in Mindanao.
“I-BUILD is near the target of the approved budget for subprojects nationwide. We understand that there are a lot of project proposals from the local government units (LGUs) that need to be approved. Still, thorough deliberation in line with the necessary requirements is undertaken before a project is approved,” said PSO Mindanao Deputy Program Director Consolacion Satorre.
The four-day activity provided an avenue among I-BUILD Components from all project clusters to assess the components’ performance in connection with their physical and financial targets. This ensures that the components’ milestones are closely monitored and crucial issues and concerns are appropriately resolved.
“Here, we share all our concerns and the problems we encountered in the field,” said NPCO Alternate I-BUILD Head Engr. Ericson Mammag.
He added that an I-BUILD component in every Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO) should maximize its human resources since they deal with both contractors and LGUs.
“We should constantly coordinate with other components to further enforce and enhance implementation mechanisms. The guidelines or process flow must be strictly observed to avoid delay,” Mammag added.
The occasion also paved the way to improve the project staff’s capacity among the clusters and a result of the training needs assessment of the recently conducted World Bank Implementation Support Mission.
In the meeting were representatives from RCPOs island cluster Project Support Offices (PSOs) and NPCO. The activity included, among others, a review of the highlights and agreements during the previous coordination meeting and presentation of updates from the project clusters all over the country.
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