February 2, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has agreed to monitor national and local projects here starting Nov. 9.

Implementing agencies and local offices were asked to submit to the PPMC the list of their infrastructure, livelihood, and other soft projects to be monitored, especially the problematic ones. 

Among the initial feedbacks tackled were the delays in the completion of projects due to restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and some projects have been awarded to contractors outside the province.

The PPMC said this should not be used as an excuse for the delays because the government continues to operate under the new normal and measures are adopted for everyone’s safety.

DILG Provincial Director Max Mayer Adong, PPMC chairperson, said contractors outside the province are allowed to continue their projects, provided they secure the necessary documents relative to Covid-19 prevention and observe health protocols.

To receive feedbacks from citizens and beneficiaries, a PPMC Facebook page will be created to inform the public of ongoing government projects. A chat group for members of the PPMC will also be created to facilitate coordination.

The committee also approved to expand membership of the monitoring body and include more members from civil society organizations. – Peter A. Balocnit