RPMC Chairperson and Director Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A presides the problem-solving session

The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Regional Development Council Calabarzon conducted a problem-solving session (PSS) for the Pulo-Diezmo Road and Batangas City-San Pascual-Bauan Diversion Road on July 24 at NEDA Region IV-A, Barangay Milagrosa, Calamba City. The two projects have problems on road-right-of-way (RROW) acquisition. As of June 2019, the Pulo-Diezmo Road had a negative slippage of 79.72 percent while the project alignment and parcellary survey of Batangas City-San Pascual-Bauan Diversion Road were not yet finalized.

The Problem-Solving Session was called to gather updates on the compliance of concerned implementing agencies (IAs) and stakeholders with regards to the agreements during the first PSS on Pulo-Diezmo Road held on January 29, 2019, and recommend actions on the issues and concerns on implementation of the Batangas City-San Pascual-Bauan Diversion Road.

During the Session, Cabuyao City and LISP I informed the RPMC members that they assisted DPWH Region IV-A in negotiating with Nestle, Guzent and Potenciano regarding RROW of Pulo-Diezmo Road. On the other hand, standing recommendations such as submission of action plan and status of bridge construction were further discussed. DPWH Region IV-A and Cabuyao City agreed to speed-up RROW acquisition. In addition, DPWH Region IV-A agreed to pursue offsite construction of bridge super structures to avoid traffic congestion during construction.

For the Batangas City-San Pascual-Bauan Diversion Road, DPWH Region IV-A, Batangas City, Bauan and San Pascual agreed to work together to speed-up RROW acquisition. DPWH Region IV-A agreed to complete the parcellary survey and project alignment.

The RPMC will monitor the compliance to the agreements to ensure speedy implementation of the above-cited projects.

RPMC members and participants of the problem-solving session on Pulo-Diezmo Road and Batangas City-San Pascual-Bauan Diversion Road

Herbert C. Molinyawe, NEDA Region IV-A | August 8, 2019