The Regional Project Monitoring Committee 1 (RPMC 1) held its two-part 2nd Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Forum on May 12, 24-25, 2022 via Zoom which highlighted strengthening M&E beyond pandemic. The Forum aimed to:1)  ensure the continuous improvement in monitoring the implementation and evaluating the effects of plans, programs, and projects in terms of contribution and support to the development goals and objectives of Region 1;  2) encourage the participation of other agencies and institutions in the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES); and 3)  serve as a venue for knowledge sharing to strengthen the capacity of the different development partners in the region in carrying-out their M&E-related functions.

Representatives from RLAs, GOCCs, LGUs, and SUCs participated in the different sessions of the 2nd M&E Forum

The first part of the Forum held on May 12, 2022 comprised of a knowledge sharing and the first session of the RPMES Conference. During the knowledge sharing session, staff from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 1 and Central Office discussed the topics on Contextualizing M&E in the Philippine Development Planning Process, and the National Evaluation Policy Framework, respectively. The Local Government Unit (LGU) Performance Measurement System, focused on the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), was also discussed by a representative from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The best practices of the Provincial Government of La Union, LGU-Lidlidda, Ilocos Sur, and LGU-Pozzorubio, Pangasinan were also discussed.

During the RPMES conference session, the List of RDC-endorsed Priority Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPAs) with approved budget for FY 2022 was presented. The said list was used by the participants in preparing their Monitoring Plan and 1st Quarter Accomplishment Report using the template provided by the RPMC secretariat.

The second part of the Forum conducted on May 24-25, 2022 focused on the eRPMES v4, hands-on sessions, enrolment of 2022 PPAs, as well as updating of the CY 2022 Q1 Accomplishment of enrolled PPAs in the online system. The participants were able to successfully navigate the eRPMES and initially accomplished their RPMES Form 1 (Monitoring Plan) and RPMES Form 2 (Accomplishment Report) as of the 1st quarter[IBU1] .

There were 128 participants composed of 54 males and 74 females from Regional Line Agencies (RLAs), Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), LGUs, State Colleges and Universities (SUCs), Healthcare Institutions, and Private Sector who attended the 1st part of the Forum. Meanwhile, 100 monitoring officers from the same institutions joined the 2nd part of the Forum.