The National Economic and Development Authority CAR conducted a training on Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) and Results Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) last September 18-19, 2013. It was attended by 33 participants from the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) and the Provincial/City Project Monitoring Committee (P/CPMC) and their secretariats.

The RPMC and the P/CPMC monitor and evaluate foreign and nationally funded projects and programs implemented at the regional, provincial and city level.

NEDA CAR Director and RPMC Chairman Milagros A. Rimando explained that under the existing RPMES, monitoring and evaluation is concentrated on the inputs and outputs of the programs and projects while a results-based monitoring and evaluation is needed to include outcome and results of the projects.

Resource speaker Wilfredo De Perio of NEDA Central Office Project Monitoring Staff elaborated that in an input-output oriented approach, the focus is on cost and time of the project. It looks at whether the project has been efficient or is right on track, ahead of or behind status. Whereas in an outcome and results oriented approach, the concentration is on the effects and benefits or impact of the project to the beneficiaries.

The RME focus on outcomes and results is anchored to the President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s Social Contract on key result area under poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable. Focusing on the results of the programs will verify if the projects have indeed contributed to poverty alleviation.

As an offshoot of the training, the RPMC shall endeavour to move beyond progress monitoring and look at project results, outcomes and benefits. The RPMES monitoring forms will be reviewed and enhanced to include and reflect project results and outcomes. Moreover, the forms will be pilot-tested in a selected program or project.