GOVERNMENT CENTER,PALO,Leyte- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VIII during its 6th Monthly Coordination Meeting at the DPWH Multi-Purpose Building, Baras, Palo, Leyte on July 19, 2016 tackled the following policy instructions from acting Secretary Rafael C. Yabut on the first Regional Director Meeting held at the Central Office, Manila, on July 11, 2016. · Performance will be based on disbursements made against obligations and allocations. · All Implementing Offices should already check their proposed projects for 2017 and succeeding years to avoid future modifications which are one cause of delay in implementation.

· Road Right of Way should be settled and cleared first from encroachment and obstruction prior to funding of civil works to avoid delay in the implementation.
· Implementing Offices (IOs) need not charge certain infrastructure damage to a typhoon whose occurrence happened quite a long time already.
· On-going DOT projects with ROW problem shall coordinate with the concerned LGU.

OIC-Director Edgar Tabacon bared 36.85% overall accomplishment versus 37.38% target of CY 2016 Infrastructure Program of DPWH RO 8 as of June 2016. Of the 13 District Engineering Offices (DEOs), Biliran DEO is the TOP PERFORMER with 76.97% percent accomplishment. Biliran DEO has a total number of sixty-six (66) infrastructure projects; of which 52 projects are completed, 10 are ongoing and only 4 projects which are not yet started (NYS) due to delayed delivery of materials for the projects. The NYS projects include the repair of National Bridges in the province with a total cost of P 12 million. RD Tabacon commended all engineers and field workers for their hard work in speeding up the projects in order to improve road accessibility for better mobility of people and products. (PR)