The National Economic and Development Authority 3 launched the Central Luzon electronic Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (e-RPMES) on 8 August 2022. During the same occasion, training on the use of the system was also conducted. More than 100 staff from various agencies, local government units (LGUs), and state universities and colleges (SUCs) from the region attended the launch-cum-training.

The Central Luzon e-RPMES is a web-based system which automates the system of data recording and collection as well as report generation for a more efficient monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process. It provides fast and verifiable information on the status of implementation of programs or projects. The system was developed by the Information and Communications Technology Staff (ICTS) of NEDA Central Office for NEDA 3.

In her opening message, NEDA 3 Regional Director Gina T. Gacusan highlighted the importance of eRPMES as the primary institutional mechanism for project monitoring and evaluation. She emphasized that the system will be instrumental in facilitating project implementation, undertaking problem solving sessions, and enhancing capacities on M&E. She also pointed out that in monitoring, there are two “Es” that project inspectors or evaluators should always take into account, i.e., the “efficiency and effectiveness” of the project.

NEDA 3 Assistant Regional Director Evelyn Nacario-Castro shared quotes from Peter Drucker and Helmut Schmidt in her closing remarks as a way of capturing the essence of the activity and e-RPMES. “What gets measured, gets managed” and “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement” were attributed, respectively, to the two sources. Drucker’s phrase resonated perfectly with the introduction of the electronic platform noting that what gets measured gets done effectively. Indeed, in project management ꟷ regular “measurement” and reporting keeps one focused and equipped with up to date information to base decisions and improve results.

(Fernando T. Cabalza Jr., NEDA 3 – PMED)


Participants posed for a group picture after the training


RD Gina Gacusan of NEDA 3 in her opening remarks