The Central Visayas Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), through NEDA 7 and DILG 7, conducted an orientation on the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) for Local Project Monitoring Committees (LPMCs) in three batches through video conferencing. These were held on 20, 27 and 30 April 2021.
The participants were members of the LPMCs of the provinces, cities and provincial capital in the region including their secretariats. The whole day orientation focused on providing guidance on the processes and procedures in making the LPMCs fully functional based on the parameters of an active LPMC provided in DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2019-188. These parameters are organization, training, planning, and implementation and reporting.
In his welcome remarks, the RPMC Chair and NEDA 7 Regional Director, Efren Carreon, emphasized the importance of project monitoring to ensure the delivery of the programs and services that are due to the people. He stated that the orientation aims to expand the operationalization of the RPMES at the subregional level and contribute to the overall development of the region.
In his message, DILG 7 Regional Director Leocadio Trovela pointed out the need to revitalize the LPMCs for project monitoring in accordance with the Local Government Code and DILG MC 2019-188. He further stated that the orientation was timely as the implementation of the Supreme Court ruling on the Mandanas case in 2022 would provide substantial financial resources to the LGUs, enabling them to implement more projects.
The morning session tackled the RPMES objectives, system framework, scope and coverage; salient features of DILG MC 2019-188; preparation of M&E plan and M&E work and financial plan; and the Project Information Management System (PIMS), the online project monitoring tool of the RPMC. In the afternoon, the participants were provided guidance on how to conduct project field visits and problem-solving sessions and the various RPMES and RPMC report forms. The activity concluded with a message by NEDA 7 Assistant Regional Director Dolores Molintas. She emphasized that the purpose of project monitoring is not to fault-find but rather to ensure effective and efficient project implementation. She also stressed the important role of the PMCs in the attainment of the goals in the Philippine Development Plan and the Regional Development Plan.