Sampaloc FMR beneficiaries commit to play vital role in monitoring PRDP subproject
Residents from the barangays covered by the Construction of Mamala-Taquico-Caldon Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Sampaloc, Quezon actively joined the Citizens Monitoring Training conducted by the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) through Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO) CALABARZON and South Luzon Project Support Office on June 25-27, 2019.
The Citizens Monitoring Tool (CMT) is a method used by PRDP to strengthen the monitoring of its subprojects. Its goal is to ensure the projects being implemented are in accordance with the prescribed design, standards, and timelines.
Further, PRDP also aims to create a sense of ownership in the citizens through their involvement in the subproject.
During the three-day training, the discussion focused on infrastructure standards, social and environmental safeguards, and applied geotagging technology – essential instruments in project monitoring. The training also included a site visit for the participants to give them a first-hand experience of how CMT works.
The Sampaloc FMR beneficiaries raised issues and concerns during the wrap-up session which include proper drainage system, signage, and disposal of excavated materials, among others.
The contractor appreciated the inputs coming from the participants and assured that they will coordinate and work together with PRDP and the local government unit (LGU) to address these matter.
Municipal Engineer, Engr. Ronaldo Salayo, encouraged the barangay residents to inform the LGU if problems have been observed on the road.
“Sa mga barangay, kung may napapansin kayong problema, sabihin niyo, para mapagtalungan nating ma-resolba, (To the barangays, if you see that something is wrong [during the construction and implementation phase of the subproject], report it, so that together, we will solve the issue),” said Engr. Salayo.
Moreover, the RPCO and PSO are optimistic that timely implementation and quality result of the road will be achieved as the residents committed to be the watchdogs of the subproject.
The 10-kilometer FMR that costs P159.41 million will benefit households from Brgys. Mamala, Taquico, and Caldon.
The new road is expected to provide market access to farmers, which can motivate the latter to plant more, ultimately increasing their production and income. The FMR will also reduce transportation costs and minimize post-harvest losses by up to five percent. ### (Lea Caliuag, DA-PRDP South Luzon PSO InfoACE Unit)