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WB, AusAID rate Leyte LAMP 2 project implementation moderately satisfactory

Tacloban City (September 9) -- The representatives of the World Bank and AusAID who during the last week of June and first week of July, came to the country to conduct an assessment of the LAMP 2 project implementation in Leyte, among others, rated the performance of project implementation as moderately satisfactory.

This was revealed by PENRO Hernani delos Reyes Jr. during the regular quarterly meeting of the LAMP2 Local Steering Committee, on September 7 at the Ritz Tower de Leyte in Tacloban City.

He said that the assessment was an improvement on the rating of Component 3, from Moderately Unsatisfactory in the previous rating to Moderately Satisfactory in the July 2007 rating.

Forester delos Reyes attributed the boost of performance of the project to several improvements in the project implementation. For one, the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal has greatly improved the preparatory work for Systematic Adjudication.

Another improvement is that the Local Steering Committee of Leyte has provided continuous guidance and support in streamlining of the project operations and the signing of MOA with Leyte Governor that enable the Leyte OSS to be fully operational.

He also noted the putting up of SAT Teams in Tanauan, Carigara, Tabon-Tabon and Tolosa and the improvement of daily rates of SATs and titles issued.

PENRO delos Reyes explained that there are certain factors that hinders the meeting of project targets, primary of which is the failure to transmit the patents ahead of time for distribution. It is the criteria of the World Bank in determining accomplishment that patents are distributed back to the landowners and not just produced or registered.

The mission assessed the performance of Leyte LAMP 2 through the key achievements that include strong advocacy program to support legislation and regulatory reform in land administration, improved patent generation in Leyte, and the preparation to expand implementation of component 3 in Leyte.

The other key achievements are the 8 studies completed to support valuation and taxation reform and the completion of draft standards and handbook on valuation machinery and equipment; the training of four government units in single base property valuation system; and progress in the simulation studies in Iloilo and Naga City.

PENRO delos Reyes added that also included as key achievements are the progress with the engagement of Local Government Units under the innovation support fund; the sustained engagement of National Steering Committee and the Local Steering Committee of Bohol and Leyte in extending oversight function on project implementation and the resolved problems on delays and staffing due to GOP budget.

PENRO delos Reyes said that the next Mid-Term Review of the World Bank and AusAID is scheduled in February of 2008. (PIA 8) [top]

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