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Road monitor volunteers hit Davao

by RG Alama

Davao City (23 October) -- A roadshow and learning exchange conference of volunteer road monitors will be held starting today (October 22) until tomorrow (October 23) in Davao City.

Organized and initiated by the Bantay Lansangan (BL), a partnership of multi-sectoral organizations involved in the collective monitoring of the DPWH's (Department of Public Works and Highways) function of providing quality road services, it aims to gather road monitor volunteers from Mindanao to be joined by volunteers from Luzon and Visayas.

Now on its second leg nationwide, the event is designed to serve as venues to share and discuss monitoring experiences and learning of BL volunteers in the different regions and provide trainings on tools such as volunteer management, procurement monitoring, and social accountability.

One of the highlights in the roadshow is a dialogue between the BL volunteers and DPWH regional directors from Mindanao, where the first round of monitoring findings and problems encountered will be presented and resolutions on how to move forward with the second round of monitoring will be formulated.

The first leg of the BL Roadshow was held in Iloilo City last September 24-25 where BL volunteers from the Visayas reported significant accomplishments such as the implementation of a "remove and replace" order of the DPWH to a private contractor for a defective four-kilometer portion of the Oton-Mambog Road in the province of Iloilo.

The "remove and replace" directive of the DPWH, which the road contractor performed without cost to the government, was prompted by the result of the first round of monitoring conducted by BL volunteers in Iloilo led by I-CODE, a civil society organization based in the province of Iloilo.

According to BL Executive Director Vincent Lazatin, "this development shows the improving trust and cooperation between DPWH officials and personnel and BL volunteers in the regions in terms of ensuring the quality and cost efficiency and effectiveness of government road projects." (BL/PIA XI) [top]

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