1st Quarter Consultative Meeting on DIDP Infrastructure Projects Conducted
The 1st Quarter Consultative Meeting on DIDP Infrastructure Projects was held last March 09, 2011 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. Hosted by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit XI (DA RFU-XI), the meeting was well attended by personnel from DA RFU-XI and DIDP-PMO, and DIDP Coordinators and representatives from the COA, Engineering, Planning and Accounting Offices of the 10 DIDP Member-Local Government Units.
The meeting was opened by Dr. Carlos B. Mendoza, Regional Executive Director of DA RFU-XI. Afterwards, the following matters were taken up and discussed, to wit;
- Physical and financial status of CY 2009 and CY 2010 Projects;
- Issues and Concerns of project implementation;
- Proposed DA's Implementing Guidelines and Policies for the Implementation of FMR Projects; and
- Amendment of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of CY 2011 Projects.
The physical and financial status of the projects funded under the CY 2009 and CY 2010 budgets of the DIDP Integrated Food Security Program under DA's Locally Funded Projects were presented by the respective Project Coordinators of the DIDP member LGUs. The various issues and concerns in project implementation were raised and addressed during the Question and Answer portion after each presentation.
On the other hand, the Proposed DA Guidelines and Policies for the Implementation of Farm-to-Market Road Projects presented by Engr. Lorenzo Bermillo of DA RFU XI Engineering Division drew mixed reactions from the participants. Engr. Bermillo also presented the Memorandum from former OIC Secretary Bernie Fondevilla issued last June 2, 2010 which will be the basis of the revision of the MOA for the implementation of the CY 2011 FMR Projects, which was likewise greeted by several concerns from the body. It was then suggested for the DIDP Board to pass a Resolution addressed to DA Secretary Proceso Alcala asking approval to continue using the CY 2010 format of the MOA in implementing the CY 2011 FMR Projects. An emergency meeting among the DIDP PMO, DA RFU XI and DIDP LGU Coordinators was scheduled on March 11, 2011 at the DIDP PMO Office to further discuss the matter and outline DIDP's plan of action.
The meeting was facilitated by the DA RFU-XI technical staff and was formally adjourned at 4:30 PM.