Name of Client:
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Length of Consultancy Assignment:
Start Date: 4 March 2020
Completion Date: 1 February 2024
Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
The EARMM aims to mitigate the adverse social impacts of the 2017 armed conflict on affected people. It supports the Government’s Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP). The project has two outputs. Output 2 will help re-establish connectivity within Greater Marawi and on national highways connecting with Marawi through the repair, upgrade, rehabilitation, reconstruction, or otherwise improvement works for roads, bridges and drainage/flood control included in BMCRRP. It is estimated that the project will rehabilitate about 22 km of roads and reconstruct approximately 1,700 m of bridges and viaducts. The objective of the Project Implementation Consultant (PIC) is to ensure the effective implementation of Output 2 in accordance with government laws and regulations, ADB’s policies, and the project administration manual (PAM). The PIC provides all consulting services necessary to prepare all subprojects under Output 2, such as the preparation of feasibility studies, detailed engineering design (DED), construction supervision, and assistance to DPWH in overall project management and building capacity of DPWH and local stakeholders.
PRIMEX is mainly responsible for the environmental and social safeguards monitoring during detailed design and construction supervision to ensure compliance with ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) (2009) and Philippine Government’s environmental and social safeguards. For this purpose, PRIMEX has fielded three international consultants (Environment Specialist, Resettlement Specialist, and Gender and Social Specialist) and a national Geologist/Seismic Specialist. The Geologist/Seismic Specialist provides technical inputs during the conduct of feasibility studies (F/S) and detailed design (DD) of subproject facilities. The three international safeguards specialists lead the conduct of environmental and social (including gender) impact assessment of the subprojects and prepare the appropriate safeguards to mitigate the adverse effects of the subprojects. The social assessment covers poverty, social, and gender analysis; analysis of, and recommendations, for maximizing the project’s contribution to inclusive growth; and preparation of a social/gender action plan (GAP), stakeholder communication strategy, consultation and disclosure plan, and community engagement plans. The safeguards activities include the assessment of impacts on environment, involuntary resettlement (IR), and indigenous peoples (IP), the preparation of initial environmental examination (IEE) reports, including environmental management plans (EMPs), and resettlement and ethnic minority development plans (REMDP), as well as capacity building of government staff. The environment specialist ensures the inclusion of environment safeguard provisions in the bidding documents and terms of reference of the civil works contractors, monitors the contractors’ compliance with the environmental safeguards provisions of their contracts, and produces the required semi-annual environmental and social monitoring reports for DPWH to submit to ADB as part of their progress reports.