July 13, 2022 – The National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office (NRO) VIII-Project Development, Investment Programming, and Budgeting Division (PDIPBD) conducted a two-day exposure visit to NRO XI on 07-08 July 2022.

The objectives of the two-day activity include: (a) benchmarking on the best practices and existing processes on the functional operations of the NRO XI-PDIPBD, specifically along project development and appraisal, investment programming, and budgeting; (b) enhancing understanding and appreciation of project development and implementation through a site visit to major development projects in Region XI; and (c) strengthening linkage with NRO XI counterpart.

The exposure visit commenced on 07 July 2022 with a discussion on best practices and initiatives and a tour of the NEDA-RDC XI Center. NRO XI, on behalf of Director Ma. Lourdes D. Lim represented by Assistant Regional Director Gilberto A. Altura and the PDIPBD staff led by Chief Economic Development Specialist (CEDS) Emily Jeanette R. Salvado, made possible the learning exchange.

The NRO XI-PDIPBD briefed the NRO VIII-PDIPBD on their prevailing services and processes on Regional Development and Annual Investment Program formulation and updating, budget review services, and project evaluation services. They also imparted their experiences in and highlights of the webinars conducted with the Consul General of Japan in Davao and presented the profile and status of the major projects in Davao Region, as follows: (a) Davao City Coastal Bypass Road Project, (b) Davao City Bypass Construction Project, (c) Mindanao Railway Project, (d) Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, (e) Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project, (f) Davao City Waste-to-Energy Project, (g) Davao International Airport Modernization Project, and (h) Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project.

CEDS Amelito B. Domingo of the NRO VIII-PDIPBD also shared the best practices and innovations of RDC VIII budget preparation and review exercises, particularly the salient features of the RDC VIII Guidelines on the Preparation, Review, and Monitoring of Annual Agency Budget Proposals for Priority Programs and Projects for Eastern Visayas, the online platform of the RDC VIII Budget Review Drive, and the establishment of a coordination support mechanism of the RDC VIII Regional Inter Agency Task Force on Planning and Budgeting.

On 08 July 2022, the NRO VIII-PDIPBD inspected the ongoing Davao City Coastal Bypass Road Project and Davao City Bypass Construction Project, accompanied by the NRO XI-PDIPBD, NRO XI-Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division staff, the DPWH Project Engineers, and the contractor.

The NRO VIII team were very grateful for the support extended by the NRO XI and DPWH UPMO.

The exposure visit is part of the series of benchmarking activities of the NRO VIII technical and administrative divisions this year.

Article and Photos by: Lady Jane A. Fermano, PDIPBD