PRIMEX’s new World-Bank project kicks off to a good start


PRIMEX held a four-day training for 40 engineers, researchers, documenters, and field supervisors for its World Bank-funded project, “Technical Audit and Economic Analysis of  Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan — Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHl-CIDSS or KC) National Community—Driven Development Program (NCDDP),” at Pearlmont Inn, Cagayan de Oro on 28-31 May 2016.

Team leader Engr. Clovis Ike Payumo as one of the trainers on the recently conducted training of KC NCDDP, Technical Audit and Economic Analysis/TAEA.

The project runs from March to September 2016. Team Leader, Engr. Clovis Ike Payumo, led the training with support from Dr. Imelda Pagtolun-an, the team’s Statistician, as well as Senior Economists, Ms. Kathryn Lynn Yambao and Ms. Antonia Carlos. Mr. Nestor Escara, PRIMEX Manager for Project Operations, and Ms Reina Mae Navarro, Project Assistant, provided technical backstopping support to the consultant team.

“We are glad to work with DSWD and World Bank in this, our second KALAHI-CIDSS project. This workshop is an important first step for the project since it will enable our partners to share their ideas, level off expectations, and resolve concerns. We hope to have a harmonious relationship with our partners throughout the project in order for us to achieve its objectives.”

Nestor Escara, PRIMEX Manager for Project Operations

The KALAHI-CIDSS project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aims to reduce poverty, empower communities, and promote good governance. The Technical Audit project will evaluate a specific set of completed subprojects funded by the World Bank’s Additional Financing, KC-Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and KC-NCDDP. The Team will measure the subprojects’ technical quality and sustainability and analyze their economic returns and benefits.

Representatives from the DSWD central office and DSWD CARAGA Region also joined the training. The consultant team was divided into four to cover the 10 provinces chosen by World Bank, DSWD, and key experts from PRIMEX. Cluster 1 will handle the provinces of Bohol and Leyte, while Cluster 2 will take charge of Zamboanga Del Sur and Lanao del Norte. Palawan, Camarines Sur, and Oriental Mindoro will be under Cluster 3, while Surigao Del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Compostela Valley will fall under Cluster 4.

Pre-testing was held in Malitbog, Bukidnon, where the facilitators and documenters conducted key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs). Meanwhile, the field interviewers conducted a household survey in Barangays Santa Ines and Poblacion, which focused on roads and potable water system subprojects.

cover photo: Senior Economist Kathryn Lynn Yambao discussed the benefits of the project with the trainees – Ms. Evelyn Escabarte, Ms. Lelanie Togonon, and Ms. Joy Lourdes Mejares during the site inspection at Barangay Santa Ines.