The Central Luzon Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC III) 3 successfully conducted its first quarter meeting for the CY 2021 on 19 February 2021.  Among the highlights of this meeting was the discussion on strengthening local project monitoring committee (LPMCs) in the region as the 2021 top priority thrust of the committee.  The Implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling which will start in  2022 has heightened the need to focus on building up capacities at the local level, including project monitoring and evaluation.

The committee agreed to use the results of the functionality assessment of LPMCs conducted by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region III in 2020 in prioritizing LGUs to be assisted.  The functionality assessment used the four priority parameters of the National PMC (NPMC), namely: organization, training, planning, and, implementation and reporting.  Using these four parameters, DILG 3 classified the LGUs into four levels of LPMC functionality.  Of the 137 LGUs in Central Luzon, 5 barely landed at the ideal level, 23 were assessed to be matured, 101 are at basic level and 8 are at non-functional level.  LGUs with LPMCs assessed at basic and non-functional levels will be prioritized in the capacity building activities of the RPMC.

Initially identified webinar topics include briefing on the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES), results-based monitoring and evaluation (RbME), and training on applied geo-tagging.  (Roi Sagum, RA/NEDA 3 – PMED)