• Groups to monitor public works projects


    ALL major or big ticket infrastructure projects being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will now be monitored by a newly-formed multi-sectoral body to ensure that these are completed on time.

    The DPWH said the creation of Infrastructure Monitoring Advisory Groups (IMAGs) will enable participatory and transparent monitoring during the construction stage of major projects.

    The groups will be composed of regional directors, engineers, local chief executives where the project is located, project consultant and project contractor.

    Representatives of business groups, utilities companies affected, religious groups, civil society organizations, media, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and national government agencies concerned will also form part of the groups.

    The DPWH said the IMAGs shall conduct regular forums to report progress of project implementation, along with problems encountered and shall come up with needed solutions.

    “Engaging stakeholders for support and cooperation is a way to guarantee project implementation’s strict compliance with standards and to ensure that projects will be serviceable as soon as possible,” the department said in a statement.

    “From then on, the public can expect that the DPWH IMAGs will work on efficient implementation of major roads, bridges, and flood control projects all over the country,” it added.


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    1. I hope this IMAG will really do its job monitoring road contractors that cannot comply with a 24/7 work schedule for vital roads, AND EXPEDITE THE ROAD WORKS. The DPWH and all gov’t national road projects should ban/blacklist bad contractors from their Bids and Awards.

      Sluggish road works that could have been finished months ago are a major cause of daily traffic, if not for unscrupulous contractors and corrupt public works officials. As one example investigate the months delay in the bridge/road construction at Katipunan Ext., Barangay Pansol, Balara Q.C. boundary Loyolo Grand Villas, Marikina.

      The triple J&A Builders, subcontractor of the DPWH & Q.C. (?) is not doing a competent job by refusing to finish the road repairs 24/7 in defiance of Sec Mark Villar’s directive to fast track national roads, of which the Katipunan Ext. is.

      You may also consider that this road has become critically important because it could have relieved the terrible traffic at the Marcos Highway, which is also under construction, as it is the only other convenient way connecting Quezon city with Marikina, San Mateo, Cainta and Antopolo.