World Bank-financed Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project continues

gettyimages 1609463Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project is now being implemented with the use of loans from World Bank, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said at the 11th day of the seventh regular session of the second Yangon Region Hluttaw held on 27 September.
At the session, Daw Kyi Pyar, an MP from Kyauktada Constituency No. 1, raised a question relating to the progress of the World Bank-financed Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project during the current 6-month interim fiscal period and future implementation of the project in 2018-2019 fiscal year.
In his reply to the query, U Maung Maung Soe said that the project has been implemented since April this year, going through four phases. The first phase is implemented by the Union government, and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has been vested with the authority to implement the second, third and fourth phases of the project.
The YCDC has implemented the project in the six-month period with the use of Ks750.589 million budgets, targeting to spend additional Ks6.631 billion for the project to be continued in the 2018-2019 FY, he added.
The phase II of the project is currently implemented by the YCDC’s Engineering Department (Roads and Bridges), with the allocation of Ks248.4 million budget during the six-month period, targeting to spend Ks 3.760 billion to continue the project in the 2018-19 FY.
During the six-month period, an international consulting company was hired through a tender process in line with the WB’s rules to supervise the implementation of the project planning and designs. Now, arrangements are being made to ink with the selected consulting body.
In the 2018-2019 FY, the department will carry out choosing companies after making an agreement with the consulting company to implement designing and building the project, establishing guidelines for maintenance of structures with the support of the consulting company, purchasing machinery in accord with the WB’s rules and drafting terms of reference (TOR) to hire consulting company to develop rules and regulations with the WB’s technical assistance.
The phase III of the project is being implemented by the YCDC’s Engineering Department (Buildings) with the allocation of Ks 250.856 million budgets for the six-month period, targeting to spend Ks1.928 billion to carry on the project in the 2018-19 FY. The department’s efforts during the six-month period went into attempting to hire an international consulting company from the six shortlisted candidates to draft detail design for the project and supervise it, submitting a report relating to scrutinizing technical proposals to the WB and implementation of Multi-hazard Preliminary Risk Assessment or Critical Lifeline Structures that has initiated by Arcadis Design & Consultancy Firm since 5 June this year, with technical supports of the WB. In the 2018-2019 FY, the department will carry out recruitment of a consultant for the Multi-hazard Preliminary Risk Assessment as well as implementation of establishment and maintenance of information relating to buildings in the city area in partnership with Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment (BRCA) with the WB’s technical support.
The phase IV of the project has been implementing by the YCDC’s Budget and Accounts Department with the allocation of Ks 251.33 million in the present six-month interim fiscal period, targeting additional Ks543.118 million to get under way the project in the 2018-2019 FY. During the period, the department made a contract with an international procurement specialist for the project that has been implementing since 7 September this year. In the 2018-2019 FY, the project will be continued to advance under the supervision of international technicians.

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