By Shah Balaw-ing
The 2nd Quarter Regional Project Monitoring Evaluation System (RPMES) Report of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) CAR revealed that there is Php 16.5 billion worth of major programs/projects for implementation in the region. The report was presented during the RPMC meeting last September 3, 2013 at the RDC Hall.
The RPMC is composed of National Economic and Development Agency and Department of Budget and Management as Chairperson and Co-chairperson, respectively. Other members include the Department of Interior and Local Government, Presidential Management Staff-Office of the President, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and Divinity in Diversity Alliance, Inc.
RMPC is primarily tasked with the implementation of the RPMES which has the basic functions of monitoring and evaluation of the major development projects of the region. RPMES was established through Executive Order 376 dated November 1989.
The projects, numbering 127, consist of locally funded worth Php 12.06 billion (73%) and foreign assisted amounting to Php 4.5 billion (27%).
The economic sector with 10 projects gets the biggest chunk at Php 1.7 billion. This is followed by the Infrastructure (61 projects) with P 6. 9 billion and the Social sector (11 projects) with Php 1.7 billion. The RPMC also monitors special projects such as the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (34 projects) worth Php 261 million and Social Preparation for Cordillera Autonomous Region (11 projects) worth Php 17 million.
Of 127 projects, eight are identified as priority sectoral which requires closer RPMC monitoring and evaluation. These priority projects are selected according to national and regional significance. The criteria for selection include foreign-assisted projects, interprovincial in scope, has large scale cost, identified as national priority particularly by the Office of the President and a priority of the RDC. These projects are Apayao Roads, Tourism Roads, National Greening Program (NGP), Second Cordillera Highland and Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP II), Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, Phase III (ARISP III), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) and School Building Program.
Meanwhile, the RPMES report also showed that as of June 2013, 4 projects were ahead of schedule, 26 were right on track, 28 were on pre-implementation stage and 25 were completed. Nonetheless, 35 were already behind schedule whereas 2 were terminated due to critical bottlenecks and negative slippages. The initial status of implementation is 45.47%, an increase of 0.8% from previous quarter but better than the 32.8% of the same quarter last year.