(i) New Border Administration Complex contract signed in July 2012 and completed in October 2014. New buildings fully furnished.
New staff housing contract signed in December 2011 and construction completed in March 2013. EA issued taking over certificate to the Contractor in April 2013. The 37 houses are fully furnished. BDA allocated new houses to border agencies who's staff will be leaving and working at Wutung.
BDA signed the Design and Consultancy Supervision contract in July 2012. Consultant contract ended in October 2014.
(ii) The Investment Policy Advisor submitted the final Mid-Term Report to DCI and BDA in December 2012.
(iii) A telecommunication advisor submitted his final Study for Telecommunication Strategy for WSP to BDA and DCI in June 2011. BDA & DCI presented the recommendations of the report to the Project Steering Committee to share with other relevant stakeholders & government agencies to decide on the most effective communication system for new Border facilities.
(iv) BDA established the provincial management office at Vanimo, WSP Provincial Administration. The Field Project Manager is based full time in Vanimo.
(v) BDA signed the contracts for the Business Volunteer and Training Specialist in June 2012 and both consultants mobilized in the same month. The business volunteer helped the Wutung communities with developing of business development plans based on opportunities at the border post. A total of 105 participants received various skills training. Out of the 105 participants, 67 participants graduated in various Entrepreneurial (57 female and 10 male).
(vi) BDA, with the support of financial consultant, has developed Modified Conditional Cash Transfers (MCCT) guidelines to implement the Social Development Program. ADB approved these guidelines in July 2011. Implementation of the following five interventions under the SDP is in Progress. BDA revised the implementation process for several interventions to make them more community responsive.
(1) Power Connection for Wutung Village Household: Original scope of intervention was to supply and install MSKs. However, BDA found that all existing lines needed upgrading before private lines could be connected to the MSKs. To date, only 15 houses are connected. Additional poles and lines are required to connect the rest of the houses. BDA engaged an electrical contractor to complete connecting the additional house based on the findings and recommendations of a power specialist engaged by BDA. Power materials have been mobilized to site and the contractor has commenced work.
(2) Sanitation: The project will construct shared septic tanks and toilets to improve the environment and people's health. BDA purchased and transported the construction materials to Wutung. A community based contractor was engaged to construct toilet blocks. So far 4 blocks each consisting of 4 toilets and a shower are under construction. BDA is anticipating to build 13 new toilets in total.
(3) Provision of School Fee Subsidy to at-risk children: Under this intervention, BDA provides financial assistance to at-risk children to encourage them to attend school up to grade 8. BDA has made payments to 488 at-risk children since March 2012.
(4) Financial assistance to pregnant women for regular check-ups: Under this the project will assist pregnant mothers to go for medical check-ups. BDA has made payments to 22 pregnant mothers since March 2012. Due to the traveling distance and associated problems, the community has agreed with BDA to renovate existing aid post in the village to provide clinical facilities for the pregnant mothers and also the whole community. The design and scoping of the Aipost was completed in consultation with the health authorities. BDA to commence construction after confirming contract arrangements and land issues with LOs.