The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) VIII and the Asian Development Bank-Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (ADB-JFPR) jointly conducted a three-day Seminar-Workshop on Further Strengthening of the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) in Support to the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) on Typhoon Yolanda on 09-11 November 2016 at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.

The purpose of said seminar-workshop is to further strengthen partnership and capacity of RPMES stakeholders on data generation and use of information. The learnings are necessary in facilitating completion and achievement of benefits of programs, projects and activities (PPAs) under the CRRP and JFPR grant to LGUs affected by ST Yolanda as well as other PPAs in Eastern Visayas.

In his presentation of the rationale and objective of the activity, NRO VIII Regional Director Bonifacio G. Uy emphasized the importance of monitoring and evaluation in the achievement of desired outcomes of Yolanda clusters as contribution to regional development. Improving the M&E capability of the stakeholders is therefore important and critical.

The participants were given lectures on the following topics: a) RPMES Forms, Information Requirements, Roles and Responsibilities; b) Information Requirements of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on the implementation of Performance-Informed Budget, Program Expenditure Classification; c) Yolanda Clusters; d) Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation; e) Logical Framework Approach; f) Indicators and M&E Plan; and, g) Data Gathering and Monitoring Tools.

During the workshop, the participants were able to produce the M&E Plan Matrix and Action Plan to further strengthen the RPMES in support to Yolanda M&E and reporting. The reactivation of the local PMCs and strengthening of linkages/coordination between local PMCs and the implementing agencies are the two most common actions suggested.

NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development, Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro, in her closing message, emphasized NEDA’s role in the coordination, M&E of all disaster-related PPAs. She, together with ADB Country Specialist Ms. Su Chin Teoh, led the distribution of certificates of participation to the attendees.

The three-day activity was participated in by 45 stakeholders from the RDC VIII-Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), regional implementing agencies, Local Project Monitoring Committees of the region’s provinces, cities and capital towns, and RDC VIII-Private Sector Representatives. The resource persons were two (2) M&E experts from the ADB-JFPR project team, Engr. Victoria Corpuz and Mr. Noriel Sicad; Ms. Florita Lacdo-o of DBM Regional Office VIII, Mr. Marlowe Popes of the KALAHI-JFPR, Ms. Angel Grace Bandianon of Plan International, and three (3) technical staff from NEDA VIII-Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED), namely: Chief EDS Evangeline Paran, Senior EDS Marlon Dumagsa and EDS II Prisco Boco III. The NRO VIII-PMED staff served as facilitators during the workshops.

Lucille Gajutos, PMED, NEDA VIII