TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Public works and Highways–Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office (DPWH-UKDEO) continues to gain headway in the parameters for the determination of the top performing district offices in the agency.
Based on the monthly assessment report being reported by the DPWH-CAR during the monthly staff conference, DPWH-UKDEO landed fourth place in the project contract maintenance application (PCMA), 5th place in the absorptive capacity and 8th place in disbursements made.
Last February, DPWH-UKDEO ranked first among the 12 district engineering offices in the region in terms of disbursements and in March, it placed 8th in terms of absorptive capacity among the different districts nationwide.
DPPWH-UKDEO officer-in-charge Engr. Teodoro Owek attributed the sustained overall performance of the agency to the individual and collective efforts of the personnel in ensuring that funded infrastructure projects within the office’s area of responsibility are implemented pursuant to project specifications and standards in the prosecution of the said projects.
He claimed that for this year, DPWH-UKDEO is the only district office that did not request for the modification of its programmed projects that is why all funded public works projects were implemented in time.
“We hope that our detractors will appreciate our efforts to ensure that all funded infrastructure projects in our area of jurisdiction will be implemented pursuant to project standards and specifications because we are being closely monitored based on our accomplishments and out stint in the office is based on what have we achieved,” Engr. Owek stressed.
For the third quarter of this year, the DPWH-UKDEO official claimed that the earmarked funding for the district was already exhausted as of the end of August, thus, he was constrained to request for replenishment of the funds which he was able to do with an initial amount of P80 million aside from future requests from contractors who have pending collections with the agency.
He explained that district offices are rated in terms of the putting in place of the required documentary requirements for the projects being implemented in the agency, the prosecution of the contracts for the bidding and award of the projects to winning contractors and the payment of the accomplished works of the contractors pursuant to the timeframe in which the project implementers will complete their projects.
The DPWH-UKDEO covers the national roads in the towns of Pasil, Tanudan, Lubuagan, Tinglayan and Balbalan.
Owek assured local officials and residents within the agency’s area of jurisdiction that he remains committed to ensure the prosecution of all infrastructure projects pursuant to prescribed standards to achieve better quality of work and good roads for the benefit of the public using the major infrastructures for their mobility among other purposes.
DPWH-UKDEO was created primarily to oversee the implementation of quality infrastructure projects in upper Kalinga considering the enormous length of roads and flood control projects under the old Kalinga District Engineering Office (KDEO). By HENT