The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in  MIMAROPA, as chair and technical secretariat of the MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), through its Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED), conducted an orientation on Local Project Monitoring Committee (LPMC) functionality assessment tool on September 21 through  Zoom teleconference.

The orientation was attended by 89 participants. They came from five provincial, two city, and two municipal local government units, four  state universities and colleges, seven private sector representatives, RPMC members, and personnel from NRO  MIMAROPA.

​​​​​​​The activity aimed to orient members of the LPMCs on the classification of their functionality and highlights the importance of strengthening the PMCs at the sub-national level to conduct monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects at the local level.

In his opening remarks, OIC Assistant Regional Director Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. of NRO MIMAROPA informed the participants that RPMC MIMAROPA recognized the need of a functioning and active LPMCs in the region, and subsequently passed a resolution adopting the Central Luzon RPMC tool for assessing the functionality of LPMCs in the region.

The RPMC secretariat provided inputs on the evolution of the PMCs, which was traced back to executive orders and memorandum order promulgated even prior to the passage of the 1991 Local Government Code. The secretariat also refreshed the participants with PMC’s responsibilities as stipulated in the 2016 RPMES Operational Guidelines.

The LMPC functionality assessment tool is based on the 2019 issuance of the National PMC on the four priority parameters in determining active LPMCs, namely: 1) organization; 2) training; 3) planning; and 4) implementation and reporting.

​​​​​​​The participants were able to identify the required information, data and proofs or means of verification for each indicator under the priority parameters. They were guided on how to use the prescribed rating system using adjectival rating (low, medium or high) and  were also directed to identify points for improvement and capacity needs based on the assessment result.

​​​​​​​The activity was part of the week-long MIMAROPA RDC Week celebration from September 20-24, with the theme: Through the years: providing service excellence for a more participative, sustainable, and resilient future.