Relative to the implementation of the ROLL IT Convergence program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and in compliance to the ROLLERS Guidelines, the DTI, BOI and DPWH conducted a site validation of the proposed 2019 road projects on May 7-11, 2018. The site validation aims to ensure that the roads proposed for construction or upgrading exist and that there are industries supported by the road construction/upgrading.

Personnel from the Central Technical Working Group (CTWG), Mr. Kristian Favor and Ms. Andrea Vicente were joined by Ms. Manilyn Ponce and Engr. Jan Michael Ramos, staff from the DTI-RO2 and DPWH-RO2, respectively, during the validation.

The proposed road projects validated included those from the municipalities of  Iguig, Tuao, Claveria, Abulug in the province of Cagayan; San Mateo, Santiago City, Cauayan City in Isabela; Cabarroguis, Saguday in the province of Quirino; and Bagabag in Nueva Vizcaya.

The activity included road inspections and validation of beneficiaries, specifically raw material suppliers and Micro, Small and Medium Enteprises. Prior to the validation, the team made courtesy calls to the mayors of the local government units who were all appreciative of the project and consider it as a big leap in achieving social and economic progress in the localities.

“Once implemented, the ROLL IT will be very helpful, not only to the beneficiaries but to the whole city as well. It will improve connectivity between and among the various industries and economic zones, and will encourage more investors to locate in the areas,” said Mayor Joseph Tan of Santiago City.

An exit conference with DPWH Regional Director Melanio C. Briosos was conducted on May 11, 2018 at the DPWH Regional Office. The meeting was attended by the Validation Team, together with Ms. Mary Ann C. Dy, Chief of the Industry Development Division of DTI R02.

Director Briosos is hopeful that the proposed projects will be approved and funded.  

Among the agreements during the exit meeting is the establishment of a Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism and a policy to address the possible gap of insufficient contractors and engineers in the region.