by: Municipal Information Office

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (June 26, 2020)—Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista is back on track to monitor and ensure completion of the various infrastructure and public work projects this year.

“ I am personally monitoring the infrastructure projects to ensure timely completion. These projects must be completed as scheduled so that these could not adversely affect the delivery of services to all Tomasinos,” Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said on Friday, June 26.

For the past days, Evangelista said he had visited and inspected several infrastructure and road projects in various barangays to monitor the progress of these projects.

“As much as possible, I want that we can catch up with our target timeline given the fact that we are still in a health crisis. There would be adjustments to avoid unfinished government infrastructure projects that could cause great inconvenience and serious damage to the prejudice of the general public,” Evangelista said.

Some projects were suspended as early as March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a Public Health Emergency.

But since Santo Tomas town is now placed under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Evangelista ordered the Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) and the Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO) to work in parallel to accelerate the infrastructure development projects.

For her part, Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina has asked the Municipal Project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee to expedite project implementation and devolve project facilitation, monitoring and evaluation, among others.

Lapina wants all projects—foreign and nationally-funded projects, and other projects funded from locally-generated resources—shall be strictly monitored by the MPMEC.

MPMEC is an oversight body composed of various offices created to monitor all projects and assess whether projects implemented are supportive of municipal development goals and plans as well as development thrusts and priorities of the Evangelista administration.

“I ask the committee to provide up-to-date information on the overall status of all projects being implemented. The committee will also identify problems/issues which impede project implementation and suggest remedial actions if these problems remain unresolved,” Lapina said.

“The Executive Branch will be strictly monitoring all the projects on the pipeline to ensure that all Tomasinos would be able to benefit from all these projects,” Lapina said.

She added that the Municipal Information Office (MIO) would launch an #InfraProject Tracker that would inform the public of the current status of all infrastructure and public work projects all in the name of accountability and transparent governance. ###