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    Normin’s 3rd M&E forum highlights innovations, best practices

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC)-10 convened the 3rd Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Forum, December 21, via Zoom.

    With the theme, “Advancing M&E through Technology-Driven Innovations,” the forum highlighted the technological innovations and best practices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-10 as project implementers, as well as the local government units (LGUs) of Gingoog City and the Province of Lanao del Norte through their Local Project Monitoring Committees (LPMCs).

    NEDA-10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, the RPMC-10 chairperson and regional director of NEDA-10, expressed that the annual regional forum is an initiative of RPMC-10 to provide a venue to discuss pressing and emerging M&E issues and concerns, present relevant issuances and guidelines, share best practices on M&E, and strengthen linkages and cooperation among M&E practitioners in Region 10.

    Shared during the forum were innovations and best practices in M&E, which kicked off with Cariño’s presentation of the Innovative Platform for Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPAs) Location Assessment, Monitoring, Investment Programming, and Budgeting for Development Planning and Governance, or the IPA-LAMDAG.

    The IPA-LAMDAG, as an M&E tool, was adopted in the region to achieve efficiency in generating the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System reports through reduced processing time and providing real-time information on PPA implementation.

    The DILG-10 and DPWH-10 shared the SubayBAYAN and the Project Contract Management Application (PCMA), respectively. The SubayBAYAN is an online data-gathering, reporting, and monitoring platform for DILG and LGU-funded programs and projects.

    The platform aided local government units’ M&E practices and promoted good governance through transparency and accountability in program and project implementation.

    The PCMA of DPWH offers enabling technology that improves project and contract monitoring and strengthens agency controls in PPA implementation. In addition to reporting progress, PCMA offers full analytics at the construction program level, as well as faster analysis and problem resolution at the project or contract level.

    The local government units of Gingoog City and the Province of Lanao del Norte presented innovations adopted by their respective LPMCs in improving and promoting M&E processes and practices in their localities. Both LPMCs were recognized as outstanding LPMCs in Region 10 for the period 2019-2022.

    The said LGUs underscored the active involvement of civil society organizations or private sector organizations’ participation as members of the LPMC, as well as, the dissemination of M&E-related data to the public for transparency and good governance.

    Director Rudylia C. Parrel, the co-chairperson of RPMC-10 and regional director of DBM-10, encouraged the participants to strengthen monitoring and evaluation practice in their respective offices and localities through building capacities and strengthening linkages and cooperation among M&E practitioners at the local level.

    A total of 92 participants from the Region 10 LPMCs, agency regional offices, academe, private sector representatives, non-government organizations of the RDC-10, and colleagues from other NEDA Regional Offices participated in the forum.

    The event is the third annual M&E Forum spearheaded by the RPMC-10, which started in 2020. (NEDA-10/PIA-10)

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