By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Taking advantage of the dry season, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-UPMO) have ordered all project managers, project engineers and flood experts and specialists of the Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) nationwide to undertake the full-scale fast-tracking of all flood system projects.
DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain and UPMO for Flood Control Management Cluster (FCMC) Project Director Patrick B. Gatan, also ordered all project managers and engineers to “go on the ground on 24/7 basis, and closely supervise the ground works of all contractors in an effort to hit their respective target timeline of completion”.
The directive was issued here during last Friday’s 49th Coordination Meeting of managers and engineers of Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP) for Cagayan River, Tagoloan River and Imus River (CTI), Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA Loan Agreement No PH-253, in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Following a directive issued by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Sadain and Gatan issued orders to hasten the completion of the projects under the Cagayan River Basin Sub-project, which is undergoing construction by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company Ltd.
Also ordered to be fast-tracked were the Tagoloan River Basin Sub-project- Stage 1 (upstream) and Stage 2 (downstream) which are being undertaken by the Qingdao Municipal Construction Group, Ltd. and Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corp. (CAVDEAL), respectively.
All the managers and engineers of FRIMP-CTI gave their respective project status and accomplishments during the coordination meeting.
Consultants of the Tagoloan River Basin Sub-project disclosed the more than 95 percent accomplishment (date started April 11, 2016), and that it is set to be completed in the second week of June this year.
The FRIMP for the Tagoloan River Basin Sub-project in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental is already in full-scale ground operation to hit their target timeline of completion.
On the other hand, briefers and consultants of the Cagayan River Basin Sub-project (Region 2) said it was already 90.77 percent accomplished (date started Aug. 20, 2016), and hitting its target timeline of completion by Sept. 28, 2019, while the Imus (Cavite) River
Project has 23.70-percent accomplishment (date started Aug. 20, 2016) and its target date of completion is Nov. 9, 2020.
All the managers and engineers from the three regions visited the two project sites of Tagoloan River Basin Sub-project in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
“See to it that all the construction and supervision of ground works are all in good quality, including good quality materials based in the program of works that has been under contract by the respective contractors,” stressed Senior Project Management Manager Engr. Rogelio O. Ang, during the recent 49th Coordination Meeting for the Construction Supervision of the FRIMP CTI, JICA nationwide.
Under President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program, these flood control projects are funded by the Official Development Assistance from the government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).