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The Project Monitoring Team of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) have recently monitored and evaluated several development projects funded by the national government and locally generated resources at the provincial level.

Mageline S. de Laza of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) here, said the three-day field monitoring visit aimed to assess and ascertain whether project implementers have executed the plan based on the standards and specifications contained in their respective Program of Works and determine if the projects implemented are supportive of regional development goals and plans as well as national development thrusts and priorities.

Among the projects monitored were the Upgrading of Philippine National Police (PNP) Station Hospital under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health (DOH) located at Camp Adduru, Tuguegarao City, the Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Tumauini, Isabela, the Basic Educational Facilities of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Alicia and Echague, Isabela and the flagship programs and projects of the Provincial Government of Isabela.

The Upgrading of the PNP Hospital under the CY 2013 HFEP was the first project visited and validated by the team which was found out to be not yet operational as of the date of visit.  While the Php5 Million project was constructed according to the POW earlier agreed upon by PNP and DOH, the functionality of the station hospital is still wanting.  For this concern, the project proponent, in their desire to have a functional facility, sought the intervention of the RPMC.  Thus a RPMC Problem-Solving-Session was scheduled on 31 July 2015.

For DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD, 415 residents of Tumauini were provided with emergency employment. The hired workers received a salary of P255/day for 30 days by planting, landscaping and dredging the 52-hectare Camp Samal and in the town’s public market.

Zenaida J. Taccad, Tumauini Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager, cited the success of their Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) project for the town’s ambulant vendors. Taccad said the recipients of the program were able to increase and diversify their products and services, and market the same to more buyers or customers. Some were able to upgrade their vending carts into motorcycles to at least be at par with that of minimum wage earners.

The team also monitored the three-storey evacuation center cum Isabela Rescue Academy of the provincial government of Isabela which is expected to be completed this August.

Atty. Noel Manuel Lopez, the Provincial Administrator, said the building, with amenities like pharmacy, play station for kids, infirmary, mess hall, among others, can accommodate 500 to 1,000 evacuees.

Lopez added that the provincial government will continue to improve and upgrade their equipment and facilities for disaster operations and other emergencies.

The team also visited the Provincial Cooperatives Development Office and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO). 

The team likewise visited the typhoon resistant-classrooms of the DPWH at Salvacion Elementary School and Salvacion Primary School in Alicia and Echague, respectively.

Ms. Milagros Guzman, principal of Salvacion Elementary School, said that the project provides the students and teachers well-ventilated classrooms for studying. She said that at present, their enrollees increased from 103 to 221 this school year. 

Meanwhile, pupils and teachers of the Salvacion Primary School transferred to the new two-classroom building from their old and dilapidated classrooms which were made of makeshift materials.