Continue innovating despite the constraints posed by the pandemic. While our monitoring and evaluation (M&E) initiatives are challenged by the current situation, we shall find ways to monitor and evaluate our developmental works in order to better respond to the needs of our constituents in the new and better normal”, said Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Chairperson and NEDA Regional Director Nestor G. Rillon as he welcomed the participants during the First Region 1 M&E Forum on May 4-6, 2021. 

The RPMC spearheaded the 1st M&E forum as a response to the emerging concerns on M&E. The  forum served as a venue for continuing exchange of ideas, experiences, and lessons among M&E practitioners and stakeholders in the region. It also aimed to enhance the participation of other agencies/institutions in the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES).

The event was composed of three major sessions: 1) Knowledge Sharing; 2) RPMES Conference; and 3) Project Monitors and Evaluators Association (PMEA) Region 1 General Assembly which involved a combination of lecture, presentation, discussion, and group workshop sessions The participants were given equal  opportunities to discuss and raise matters in the plenary and group sessions facilitated by the resource persons and RPMC Secretariat.

The knowledge sharing session on Day 1 focused on    Mapping the M&E Ecosystem  by Mr. Jesse T. David of the NEDA Central Office; Overview of the RPMES Operational Guidelines and M&E Initiatives in Region 1 by the RPMC Secretariat; and Designing a Results-Based M&E System and M&E in the New Normal by Mr. Jansen Mayor of the Lutheran World Relief. One of the most notable insights imparted to the participants is the 3Rs of M&E: “Are we doing the Right things?”, “Are we doing them Right?”, “Are we delivering the expected Results?”

The RPMES Conference on Day 2 refreshed the participants on the RPMES Operational Guidelines and apprised them on the updated eRPMES for the submission of RPMES reports. The list of programs and projects for enrolment in the CY 2021 RPMES Monitoring Plan was also discussed.

The event ended with the PMEA General Assembly where the following new set of officers for CY 2021 were elected:  President:Ms. Remelyn Almodovar (Don Mariano Marcos State University); Vice President: Ms. Adelisa Florendo (Department of Science and Technology); Secretary: Mr. Stevenson Orcino (Department of Trade and Industry); Treasurer: Ms. Jinnefer Pulmano (Department of Agriculture) and Auditor: Engr. Alvin Joseph Eguilos (Department of Public Works and Highways). The accomplishments of the Association for CY 2020 were reported and the CY 2021 Work Plan was discussed. The three-day activity was attended by 128 personnel from 62 participating entities. The event likewise, garnered 318 views via NEDA Regional Office 1 – Ilocos Facebook Livestream.