Representatives from six local government units (LGUs) namely, Piagapo, Saguiaran, Ganassi, Tamparan, Lumba Bayabao, and Maguing – all in the province of Lanao del Sur – actively participated in the Procurement Orientation and Harmonized Philippine Document Writeshop held in Iligan City on September 17-21, 2018. Ms. Isabel Salas, from the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS), headed the technical resource persons who facilitated the activity. The National Project Coordination Office (NPCO), the Regional Project Coordination Office, and the Provincial Project Management Office through Forester Pili Papandayan, OIC-PENRO of Lanao del Sur, also played major roles toward the successful conduct of the workshop.
To catch up with subproject development and implementation that had been delayed because of the Marawi siege that lasted for five months (from May to October 2017), participating LGUs were guided in accomplishing their respective bidding documents in accordance with the guidelines of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of the Philippines (GoP). Documentary requirements of subproject proposals were identified and discussed with representatives from the Center for Environmental Studies and Management (CESM), consultant for project management and implementation, and the Subproject Management Unit of the LGUs to ensure immediate compliance and timely submission to ADB for concurrence.
One agreement that was reached during the workshop was that the LGU representatives present would further discuss with their respective local chief executives and Sangguniang Bayan the urgency of complying with the project requirements, in anticipation of possible changes after the CY 2019 midterm election. With renewed commitment of the LGUs in implementing their rural infrastructure subprojects under INREMP, and in close coordination with and technical assistance from the project field offices and consultants, an estimated PhP124.454 million-worth of infrastructure subprojects ranging from access roads, communal irrigation system and water supply system (level 2), is expected to be financed and implemented by CY 2019. (FASPS/ Erwin Sangalang)