CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Northern Mindanao Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC-X) spearheaded the 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Forum on 3 December 2021 via video conferencing.

With its theme, “Using M&E for Evidence-Based Policy and Decision-Making,” the forum highlighted the importance of utilizing M&E studies and researches as inputs to evidence-based policy and decision-making by local government units, regional line agencies, and other stakeholders.

“The annual regional forum is an initiative of the RPMC-X 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 X,” remarked Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III, RPMC-X Chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Office X Director, during her welcome message.

Assistant Secretary Greg L. Pineda, NEDA Regional Development Group Officer-In-Charge applauded the region’s initiative. He stressed that while there is an ongoing initiative at the national level of a year-long webinar series on M&E, region-specific dialogues are highly encouraged to build capacities, and strengthen linkages and cooperation among M&E practitioners at the local level. “Results of M&E take stock of lessons and best practices to serve as inputs to the planning process and toward achieving the desired development outcomes and focus on the results that matter,” Usec. Pineda emphasized.

Subject matter experts on M&E presented their respective works and researches during the forum and shared how these were utilized in evidence-based policy and decision-making of local government units, regional line agencies, and other stakeholders.

Dr. Arturo G. Corpuz, a renowned Urban-Regional Planner presented the “Lessons from Urban Planning and Design Projects: Makati Central Business District Experience;” Mr. Jimmy Francis Schuck of the Department of Social Welfare and Development presented the “Impact Evaluation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program;” Mr. Ever J. Abasolo, a consultant of the United Nations Development Programme presented “Results-Based Monitoring & Evaluation on Local Governance;” and EnP Carmeli Marie C. Chaves of the School of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines Diliman presented “Using M&E in Program and Policy Design at the LGU Level.”

Dr. Corpuz underscored the private sector perspectives on project planning and design and shared lessons on M&E from the experiences of Makati CBD Strategic Development Project. He emphasized that assessing the performance of project vis-a-vis its objectives are crucial inputs to guide necessary actions and implementation of future projects. M&E can take place in early stages of the project cycle, even prior to implementation, and may be involve several project phases or cycles.

Mr. Jesse T. David of the Social Sector Division of the NEDA Monitoring and Evaluation Staff shared the “National Evaluation Policy Framework and Principles in Practice.” He highlighted the need for an evaluation policy framework to govern the practice of evaluation in the public sector. 

A total of 186 participants joined the forum, representing the Local Project Monitoring Committees of the provinces and cities in Region X, including the capital towns of Camiguin and Lanao del Norte; agency regional offices and government-owned and controlled corporations; members of the academe, private sector representatives, and non-government organizations of the RDC-X; and colleagues from other NEDA Regional Offices.

This M&E Forum is an annual RPMC-X event which started in 2020.

Subject matter experts on M&E presents works and researches, sharing how these were utilized in evidence-based policy and decision-making of local government units, regional line agencies, and other stakeholders during the Northern Mindanao Monitoring and Evaluation Forum, 3 December 2021 via Zoom.