Mayor Michael Rama has set up a monitoring office to oversee the P400-million worth of programs, plans and projects for the city’s barangays.
Rama issued Executive Order No. 12-1, creating the Project Implementation and Monitoring Office (PRIMO), which will oversee the implementation of the projects given to the barangays this year.
PRIMO is tasked to coordinate all matters pertaining to the disposal of the P400-million fund.
The amount is the city government’s financial assistance to the barangays under the Social Development Program and forms part of the P870.8-million Local Development Fund for 2012.
”It is the policy of the present dispensation of the city to bring the government closer to the people and empower the barangays as partners in the city’s development and progress,” the mayor said.
”One of the ways to achieve this is to ensure that much needed projects intended for each barangay are delivered and implemented on time, within budget and without sacrificing quality and workmanship,” he said.
In 2010, some of the projects implemented by the barangays became controversial after City Hall officials found out there were irregularities in the bidding process and the implementation of the projects.
Some were also found to be substandard during an inspection conducted by officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways central office.
Under the EO, PRIMO will be composed of the mayor or his duly authorized representative, the heads of the Department of Engineering and Public Works, City Treasurer’s Office, City Accounting Office, City Legal Office and the City Planning and Development Office.