“DO you have a supervisory power over the agencies implementing these projects? Do we scrutinize the strategy that they do?”
These were some of the questions raised by Councilor Romeo Calizo relative to the various projects for implementation as presented by the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) during this week’s regular session of the City Council presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy.
Calizo emphasized that these projects should be visualized to give impact on the lives of the people of Cagayan de Oro not only after its completion but most importantly for the coming years as well. One particular project he cited was the Iponan River Flood Control project supposedly completed last year but was found to be of poor quality.
“For example in Iponan River Flood Control Project, it said it was completed in 2017 but if I look into from Tumpagon down to the mouth of the river, it appears that there are so many parts that endanger our subdivisions in Iponan,” he observed.
The project may be considered as useless as this was not strictly scrutinized and monitored during and after its completion, Calizo further said.
On their part, a Minda representative said they used to have the Infrastructure Monitoring Advisory Group that do the monitoring and scrutiny of projects in Davao and other regions except in Cagayan de Oro. According to him, Minda’s task was only specified on scrutinizing the feasibility study of a certain project here in the city and not on its completion.
Upon hearing this, Calizo suggested Minda to provide a visualization of the projects in their next presentation.
“I may suggest in the next presentation as this, can you provide us on how you visualize the project if it’s already complete just like the Iponan River System. According to the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, maybe in the next three or more decades, there will be more catastrophic calamity that will occur and it will always endanger the people in our place. Minda should also consider all this.” (sp)