BARAS, Palo, Leyte – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VIII discussed on the DPWH Mandate, Functions and Operation Procedures as well as explained on various project implementation concerns, through a webinar with the Regional Development Council VIII Private Sector Representatives which was conducted on September 24, 2020 via Zoom.
The online conference entitled “Dialogue Between the DPWH VIII and the RDC VIII Private Sector Representatives on Various Project Implementation Concerns” was part of the activities lined up for the RDC’s week long celebration from September 21-25, 2020.
Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno, together with the Chief of Construction Division, Engr. Sandy T. Pua and Chief of Planning and Design Division, Engr. Agnes M. Baronda, presented the DPWH Mandate and functions, and put emphasis on the operating procedures of the agency from project identification down to project implementation. The DPWH 8 was able to explain the processes and project stages that are meticulously followed by the Department in order to deliver quality infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the DPWH 8 addressed the concerns raised during the conference, such as the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Projects in the region. DPWH 8 clarified that while the department recognizes the extension on the completion of these projects, Engr. Pua assured the council that these projects will be completed, though will take time due to Road Right of Way Acquisition issues, occurrences of calamities and bad weather conditions.
Despite the situation, RD spoke in optimism that the whole DPWH 8 is doing its best to resolve the matter. “The situation, how it started is not ideal. Although not all factors are within our control, we are trying to improve our performance. In fact, DPWH Region 8 is now climbing on the top ranks nationwide”, said RD Bueno.
Engr. Pua seconded that the projects in Samar 2nd District Engineering Office are almost complete, with one (1) remaining project expected to be complete on December 2020.
“This conference is very helpful and thanks to everyone for the reminder and support. We assure you that we are serving Region 8 the best that we can”, RD Bueno concluded.
The PAMANA projects spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) intended to improve peace and order in some areas through the construction of community infrastructure.