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RPMT monitors projects in Camarines Sur

   The Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) composed of representatives from National Economic and Development Authority Region 5 and Presidential Management Staff and private sector representative Melecia de Guzman  conducted field monitoring on November 24 of the (1) emergency and diagnostic complex building, general ward building and regional cancer center of the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) in Naga City; (2) Buluang-San Isidro-Sta.Teresita-Agdangan service road in Baao, Camarines Sur; and (3) repair and improvement of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) building in Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur.

   The construction of 5-storey emergency and diagnostic complex building of the BMC is 55 percent complete as of October 31 with total project cost of P191.3 million. The 4-storey regional cancer center is 63.32 percent complete as of September 30 with total project cost of P51.9 million. The 8-storey general medical ward is 85.41 percent complete as of November 22 with total project cost of P403.38 million. The BMC sought the technical expertise of two project management teams to supervise the construction of the projects. The three projects amounting to P646.58 million are all funded under the General Appropriation Act. The completion dates of the three projects were revised to latter periods due to delayed release of funds. The issue will be coordinated with DBM for possible appropriate action.

   The Buluang-San Isidro-Sta.Teresita-Agdangan service road project is a 6-kilometer road project funded by Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the Agrarian Reform Community Project 2 (ARCP 2) with counterpart funds from LGU Baao, Camarines Sur. The total project cost is P24.8 million of which 60 percent is contributed by LGU Baao, Camarines Sur. The issue raised is on the variation in the road project scope of work specifically on the construction of the bridge instead of spillway which the LGU and the RPMT observed as justifiable. The DAR released the first tranche of loan proceeds (30 percent). The LGU Baao proceeded with the bridge construction without an approved variation order. Due to the said variation and the inability of the LGU to liquidate the first release, the succeeding proceeds were not released. The LGU representatives said that liquidation documents were already submitted to DAR central office. The RPMT proposed to further discuss the issue and other concerns in a meeting with representatives of LGU Baao, Camarines Sur, DAR regional and central offices and other LGUs with the same or related concern on ARCP 2.

   The CANR building in CBSUA in Pili, Camarines Sur involves the repair and improvement of the building comprised of two rooms with a total project cost of P1.45 million. The building was repaired due to huge wall cracks and the settlement of the floor which makes it unfit for use. The water seepage that loosened the base was the main cause of the damage.

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