Bicol RPMC conducts project facilitation session on Legazpi City Urban Drainage Improvement Project

A project facilitation session for the Legazpi City Urban Drainage Improvement Project (LCUDIP) was conducted by the Bicol Regional Project Monitoring Committee on May 30, 2018 at NEDA Region 5 to arrive at agreements among stakeholders to address issues affecting project implementation and elicit commitment on the necessary actions to be undertaken.

The project aims to solve the flooding problem in the commercial and urban residential areas in Legazpi City, which frequently occurred even during ordinary monsoon rains. It involves the construction of flood control dikes, jetty structures, pumping stations, seawalls with jogger and vehicle lanes, and replacement of critical bridges. Project implementation started in June 2013 and is due for completion in October 2018. Following the flash flood that occurred in the city last January at the height of monsoon rains, the project was elevated to the RPMC for monitoring.

NEDA Regional Director and RPMC Chairperson Agnes Tolentino presided over the session. It was attended by the RPMC members and stakeholders from local government units, the DPWH as implementing agency, together with its contractor, and the DENR. The RPMC monitoring team presented the findings of the field inspection conducted in February. It was followed by updates from the DPWH, the contractor, and the city government of Legazpi on the status of the ongoing project components and the relocation of affected households. Following the recommendations from the field inspection report, agreements were made on the next steps to be undertaken. For their part, the barangay officials expressed full support to the project and the agreed interventions.

One issue that surfaced as a result of project monitoring is the non-compliance to the project approval process, considering that total project cost has reached PhP1.8 billion funded out of the General Appropriations Act from 2012 to 2017. The RPMC secretariat has provided feedback on this matter to the National Project Monitoring Committee and the NEDA-Investment Coordination Committee secretariat.