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MinDA forms P7-B Panguil Bay Project monitoring body

DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will initiate the organization of the Infrastructure Monitoring and Advisory Group (IMAG) to ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of the PHP7 billion Panguil Bay Bridge Project.

The 3.7-kilometer bridge will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte,
“During a consultation meeting with officials of Misamis Occidental led by Governor Philip Tan and Vice Governor Aurora Almonte, MinDA presented the IMAG as an effective mechanism in ensuring the efficient implementation of the project with the direct involvement of the stakeholders in the area,” Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Tuesday (March 2).

The IMAG, institutionalized when Sec. Paul Dominguez was Presidential Assistant for Mindanao and head of the Mindanao Economic Development Council, includes local officials, civic organizations, Dept. of Public Works and Highways, religious sector, the media, and the local stakeholders, the MinDA chief further added.

He said the IMAG provided a venue for all sectors involved in the projects to resolve problems and issues affecting the implementation.

“Recognizing the importance of public involvement and the need for transparency and accountability, MinDA has initiated the organization of the IMAG in all provinces of Mindanao to be headed by the Governor,” Piñol said.

Earlier, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib also approved the recommendation of MinDA for the organization of the IMAG to monitor the implementation of the Samal Island-Davao City Bridge which had been delayed by Right-Of-Way issues and the Tagum City-Digos City Railway Project.

On Sunday, March 7, MinDA will also present the IMAG concept to Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Alicia-Olutanga Road Project funded by the Asian Development Bank.

“The organization of the IMAG in every province is expected to allow local stakeholders to take an active role in the monitoring of projects and ensuring that these are implemented according to specifications and within the programmed schedule,” Piñol emphasized.

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