OAS, ALBAY – Establishing a strategic network of climate-resilient rural infrastructure and facilities supportive of the value chain in the Project areas is on top of the goals, objectives and outcomes of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Infrastructure Development (I-BUILD) component. 

To achieve this, the PRDP requires the contractor to assign a Project Engineer (PE) to supervise the subproject implementation on a daily basis. The PE has the responsibility to guarantee that all works are done based on approved drawings, specifications and timelines. The Provincial Engineering Office or the Municipal Engineering Office takes charge of the second level of project supervision.

The PRDP also follows an Infrastructure Quality Monitoring and Durability System (IQMDS) which guides the Project in ensuring quality assurance and control for all subprojects. It is a system that the Project adheres to that sets the minimum key quality assurance elements, processes for quality control and monitoring to ensure I-BUILD SPs’ durability. It puts premium on in-place management support system, in-place contract review processes and procedures, in-place inspection and testing processes and procedures, in-place document control processes and procedures and in-place operation and maintenance system.

To evaluate the 95.23% physical progress of the Rehabilitation/Improvement of Pistola-Tablon Road with 3 Units Bridges in Oas, Albay and its adherence to IQMDS, the PRDP joint inspectorate team (JIT) conducted a Pre-Final Inspection and Punchlisting of the said I-BUILD subproject in Oas, Albay on February 26, 2019.

The JIT inspected and validated the correctness of accomplished work being claimed in the progress billing and cited in the Statement of Work Accomplishment (SWA) for the 22-kilometer FMR from Brgy. Pistola to Brgy. Tablon and the 90-linear meter bridges in Brgy. Tobgon, Brgy. Badbad, and Brgy. Ramay. The JIT also validated the materials and field test results.

The JIT is composed of PRDP PSO South Luzon Roads and Bridges Specialist Engr. Ma. Elena Collo, Geographic Information System (GIS) Officer Chrisler Lucero, PRDP-Bicol Rural Infrastructure Engineer Engr. Joel Catimbang, Social and Environmental Safeguards Project Development Associate Cherry Soribello, and GIS Officer Philbert Nebres.

Punchlist inspection is usually conducted when the project reaches at least 95 percent accomplishment to evaluate it based on the feasibility studies, Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), and detailed engineering design, drawings, specifications and program of work (POW). On February 27, the PRDP PSO South Luzon and PRDP-Bicol I-BUILD team facilitated an exit conference with the contractor and the PPMIU to present the findings and address issues affecting project completion prior to turnover.

A final inspection on the I-BUILD subproject will be conducted by the JIT on March 28-29, 2019. (Annielyn L. Baleza, DA-RAFIS V)