Every major or big ticket infrastructure project will now be monitored by an ad-hoc body to ensure its quality and timely implementation.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will create Infrastructure Monitoring Advisory Groups (IMAGs) that will enable participatory and transparent monitoring during construction stage of big ticket projects.
The group will be composed of DPWH Regional Director; DPWH District Engineer; local chief executives of local government unit where the project is located; project consultant; and project contractor. Representatives from the business group; utilities companies affected; religious groups; civil society organizations; media; Philippine National Police; LGU traffic management group; Armed Forces of the Philippines command officer; professional groups; and representatives of national government agencies concerned will also form part of the group.
DPWH IMAGs shall conduct regular forums to report progress of project implementation, along with problems encountered and shall come up with needed solutions. It shall also function as the source of advisories and logistics to facilitate implementation of projects, especially in dealing with informal settler families (ISFs) in road right-of-way concerns.
Engaging stakeholders for support and cooperation is DPWH’s way to guarantee project implementation’s strict compliance with standards and to ensure that projects will be serviceable as soon as possible.
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.