The Regional Project Monitoring Committee I (RPMC 1) conducted its first quarterly regular meeting for CY 2022 on 03 March 2022 via Zoom to discuss the CY 2021 Year-end Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) Project Monitoring Report, the RPMES Monitoring Criteria for CY 2022, and the results of the Search for the CY 2021 Most Outstanding Project Monitors (MOPM), among others.

For CY 2021, the RPMC-1 monitored 499 projects enrolled by 39 government entities. The projects monitored had a consolidated budget of PhP 16.66 billion, and generated employment for 62,987 individuals composed of 51,644 males and 11,343 females.  As of year-end, 380 projects were already completed, while 111 projects were still ongoing, and eight projects were not yet implemented.

The RPMC 1 Chair and members discussed and approved M&E initiatives and reports during the CY 2022 1st Quarter RPMC Meeting. Invited guests presented their projects’ implementation status.

The RPMC also approved the RPMES Monitoring Criteria for CY 2022 which aims to set priority programs and projects to monitor and evaluate, and streamline the processes to improve efficiency in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Region 1. Parameters that were covered in the criteria include specific thematic areas, cost-thresholds, and project accomplishments.

The Committee also approved the results of the Search for CY 2021 Most Outstanding Project Monitors (MOPM). The search aims to intensify awareness on the importance of M&E by giving recognition to government offices which displayed exemplary support to the objectives of the RPMES and the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022. The winners will be awarded during the State of the Region Development Conference (SORDC) scheduled in June 2022.

The benefits derived from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were likewise taken up during the meeting.  Both projects provided increased income to the male and female beneficiaries and promoted health and cleanliness in the communities. Projects encountering implementation delays and the corresponding recommendations to put them back on track were also discussed during the Problem-Solving Session (PSS) segment of the RPMC meeting.

The 1st quarter meeting was presided over by the RPMC Chair and National Economic and Development Authority 1 (NEDA 1) Regional Director Nestor G. Rillon, and was attended by the members which include regional line agencies and private sector representatives and the secretariat.