An online training on Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) on 24 September 2021 was attended by 248 participants from local government units / local project monitoring committees, regional lines agencies, project implementing offices, state universities and colleges, private sector representatives, RPMC members and NEDA 3 staff.

This training was conducted by NEDA 3 in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG 3).

The main objective of the training is to hasten the monitoring and evaluation skills of the participants for the efficient and effective implementation of government’s programs and projects. The training is also a prelude to the launching of the web-based monitoring system being developed for Central Luzon this year.

Ms. Kathleen J. Virtusio of NEDA Monitoring and Evaluation Staff served as the main resource person. Her presentation was divided into two parts. For the first part, she explained the rationale and objectives of RPMES, its institutional arrangement and systems framework, including scope and coverage of Monitoring and Evaluation. For the second part, she presented the different RPMES forms (1-11).

During the open forum, Ms. Virtusio was joined by Engr. Susana S. Santiago of NEDA 3 and Engr. Lee Allen Pineda of DILG 3 in answering queries from the participants.

NEDA 3 Regional Director Gina T. Gacusan in her opening message emphasized the importance of precise monitoring and evaluation of projects. She shared how one time she evaluated a water supply project, what were her recommendations. You should remember that projects are “game changers”, she said. RD Gacusan also mentioned the result of a survey conducted recently among LPMCs in the region. There are only few LGUs in Region 3 which have organized LPMC, and not all these organized (LPMCs) are active or functional.

For the closing, Engr. Pineda thanked the participants for staying up to the last part of the training. He mentioned that the activity has been very fruitful. The many questions raised proved how interested the participants. He asked the representatives of the LGUs to continue to be involved with their projects, since LGUs are at the forefront of service to its constituents. For the regional line agencies, he asked them to continue adopting the RPMES. (Ester R. Guanlao – NEDA3 PMED)