June 21, 2024

The Regional Project Monitoring Committee of the Cordillera (RPMC) identified critical projects to be inspected for the third quarter.

Through the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) alert mechanism tool, 11 delayed projects in Kalinga and two delayed projects in Abra were proposed to be visited. 

Ten of these are being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways while three are social infrastructure projects being implemented by the Apayao State College and Kalinga State University.

The infrastructure projects include academic buildings, roads, waterworks, and flood control.

The alert mechanism tool identifies projects experiencing delays, causing the concerned agencies to undertake interventions. 

Out of the 13 delayed projects identified, six are in the terminal stage and seven are in the ICU stage.

There are three stages of the tool indicating the levels of significant delays or negative slippage based on targets: early warning stage (-5 to -9.99 percent), ICU stage (-10 to -14.99 percent), and the terminal stage (-15 percent and greater).

“The 13 projects came from the 71 flagged projects in the first quarter with a total cost of P13.6 billion as presented by the RPMC Secretariat,” Maria Veronica Eslao of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division of National Economic Development Authority-Cordillera said.

With the online RPMES, the RPMC-Cordillera monitors and evaluates 2,129 development projects undertaken by regional line agencies, local government units, and state universities and colleges.  It includes projects funded under the Official Development Assistance.

“Our works will not be disrupted even with the new administration. As members of the RPMC, our priority task is to monitor and evaluate development projects to ensure these will be completed to benefit the people with the use of limited funds judiciously,” said RPMC-Cordillera chairperson and NEDA-Cordillera Director Susan A. Sumbeling. – Virginia Anceno