The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Negros Island Region (NIR) held its first organizational meeting on 10 May 2016 at the Nature’s Village Hotel in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Chaired by NEDA-NIR Concurrent Regional Director Efren Carreon, the RPMC will serve as the monitoring arm of the Negros Island Regional Development Council (RDC). NEDA Deputy-Director General Margarita Songco, who is also the NPMC Chair, graced the meeting. She emphasized on the important role of the RPMC, especially in the newly created NIR, in ensuring that the implementation of the government’s development programs and projects are expedited and that remedial actions are taken on projects that have implementation issues and concerns.
The members of the NIR-RPMC, aside from NEDA, DBM, DILG, and the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), include two Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) namely, Dr. Profetiza Lim of Negros Oriental and Mr. Frank Carbon of Negros Occidental, the Provincial Planning and Development Offices of the two provinces, and the City Planning and Development Office of Bacolod City.
The members were briefed about Executive Order (EO) No. 376 establishing the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) whose major premise is the need to institutionalize a comprehensive and decentralized project monitoring and evaluation system. The RPMES was further strengthened through Memorandum Order No. 175, which provides for the creation of Project Monitoring Committees (PMCs) in the provincial and munipal levels, and EO No. 93, which centers on the creation of the National Project Monitoring Committee (NPMC).
Other agenda items discussed by the body were the list of projects monitored by the RPMCs of Region 6 and 7 that are implemented in Negros Occidental and Oriental, the RPMES Orientation, and the NIR-RPMC Work and Financial Plan for 2016.
On May 11, an orientation on the RPMES was conducted for national government agencies, which are implementing projects funded through official development assistance, PPP, GAA, and rehabilitation fund. Also in attendance were staff from the PPDOs of Negros Occidental and Oriental. With NEDA 6 and 7 PMED staff as resource persons, this orientation centered on the general concepts of monitoring and evaluation, RPMES institutional arrangement, scope and coverage, RPMC monitioring and problem solving processes, and the RPMES forms for submission to the RPMC.
The implementing agencies expressed their optimism for the monitoring and evaluation activities of NIR-RPMC under the newly created region.