PROGRAM THRUST 3: Program coordination and continuing engagement with the Office of the President and Malacañang, NGAs and Congress

Program Thrust Objectives:

  • To broaden, deepen and strengthen the baseline situational analysis by benchmarking the region’s capacity in the 8-plus areas of regional governance.

  • To set up the monitoring and evaluation system to track the progress of the region in assuming the 8-plus areas of regional governance, and assess the effectiveness of RDC interventions.

  • To progressively decentralize from NGAs to CAR RLAs and LGUs in preparation for regional autonomy devolution.

1.0 KRA on Benchmarking and Monitoring and Evaluation System Structure and Procedures

a. Regional Indicator System for Development and Autonomy

Lead Agency(s): NSO-CAR/ NSCB-CAR with RSCC member agencies

Cost: P500,000 (2007), P1,000,000 (2008)

This project aims to assess and monitor the region’s readiness to assume the 8-plus area of governance to be devolved under an autonomous government set-up.  Phase 1 accomplishments included the preparation of a Conceptual and Statistical Framework to guide benchmarking (approved by RDC Resolution No. 5, series of 2009), and a preliminary set of proposed indicators using an alternative framework for economic, political and administrative governance.  Phase 2 component included a preliminary framework   for 3 areas of regional autonomous governance along the RC approved conceptual and statistical frameworks.  There were 2 trainings conducted (Advance Microsoft Excel, Logical Framework Approach: Defining the 8-plus Areas of Regional Autonomous Governance).

2.0 KRA on Program Coordination and Management

Lead Agency(s): RDC Secretariat (NEDA-CAR)

Cost: P2,157,000 (2007), P3,470,000 (2008)

The RDC, through the Special Committee on Regional Autonomy, continues to oversee implementation of the autonomy agenda through the conduct of regular meetings and its meetings with the RDC AdCom, the preparation of regular progress reports and updates.

RDC successfully obtained 2007, 2008 & 2010 SAF budget, signaling national government’s recognition of the importance, relevance and validity of the autonomy agenda.

Effective partnership with Cordillera legislators, Malacanang and Central Offices of NGAs to support the autonomy agenda was also realized.

Phasing-in of selected RLAs in the autonomy agenda, that is, agencies have committed to continue the KFA Projects to be funded under their own regular agency budgets, while others have contributed counterpart funds. Notable of these agencies are DepEd, DPWH, PIA, and DENR.

Renewed interest on the autonomy issue as evidenced by numerous feedbacks & proposals for participation from various sectors, requests of LGUs to be involved in IEC.