“We have to discuss issues that are important to expedite our implementation of projects,” Don Mustapha Loong, regional secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM-DPWH) said, addressing the officials of the agency.
During the expanded management committee (ManCom) meeting of the DPWH-ARMM on July 27, 2016, Regional Secretary Don Mustapha Loong called on the division chiefs and district engineers to report on their major accomplishments; set targets for the first 100 days of the new administration, and aim for milestone accomplishments in the next three years.
Among major accomplishments highlighted by the district engineering offices (DEOs) of ARMM-DPWH, reported by their respective district engineers were the completion of all regular infrastructure projects programmed in 2012 and 2013 which were implemented by administration.
Most 2014 and 2015 projects on the other hand are close to being completed. While most projects in 2016 are still being implemented.
Though few, many of the remaining infra projects for the previous years, as pointed out by the district engineers, were the projects implemented either by contract or through a Memorandum of Agreement.
The district engineering offices said they are closely monitoring these projects through the local government and contractors undertaking them.
Loong means business as he directed district engineers and division chiefs of ARMM-DPWH in addressing these issues and concerns, which he said, will reflect poorly of the reforms intiated during the administration of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and the agency’s former Secretary, Emil Sadain.
“Our performance affects the image of the entire region and so we have to work harder to sustain the gains of the reforms we have initiated,” Loong said.
While Loong stressed the need to address the issues that were brought out during the meeting, he also lauded some of the best practices employed by each of the DEOs.
Among these are the inventory and mapping of national, provincial municipal and other local roads which, Loong said, will be useful in programming and justifying projects included in 2017 to 2019.
These data will be included in the updating of the expanded ARMM road mapping and management system (e-ARMM).
The DEOs, per the regional office’s directives, have also indentified potential water sources and tourism sites.
Potable water facilities are amongst the focus of ARMM-DPWH since locals in many of the region’s peasant communities are put at risk to water-borne diseases owing to the lack of clean sources of water.
In the first district of Maguindanao alone for example, district engineer James Mlok reported completion of 91 units of water facility since 2012.
Access roads to tourism sites, farms to market connectivity and other infra projects to support socio-economic development of communities in ARMM will also be prioritized said Loong.
While addressing few projects under previous years’ programming, ARMM-DPWH targets around 60% – 75% physical accomplishments in its projects for 2016 by November of this year.
The regional office has also requested the DEOs to provide updated reports on all projects. A book containing reliable individual project dash-board reports, said Loong, must be made available as part of the agency’s accountability and transparency thrusts on all its projects, transactions and services.
Comprehensive Commission on Audit (COA) technical inspection reports will also be included.
The data the DEOs will provide will also be used in the next hearing of the agency’s proposed budget for projects in 2017 and 2018.
The ARMM-DPWH will also present reports from the meeting to Governor Mujiv Hataman on Monday, August 1, 2016.