The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA through its reconstituted Project Development Assistance Team conducted a three-day online training on Project Development on November 24 to 26 through zoom platform.

The training was participated in by 49 technical staff from the provincial and local government units (LGUs) of Marinduque and four staff from the NRO MIMAROPA. The training aimed to enhance the skills and capabilities of participants in preparing project proposals, increase number of project proposals submitted to national government agencies for funding, and prepare a ready project proposal that will be submitted to target funding institutions.

NRO  MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling welcomed the participants. She emphasized the importance of enhancing the technical capacity of the staff of the local governments in project development as well as the need to increase the numbers of eligible projects for national government funding. She also emphasized that that the capacity building will also help the LGUs in developing and improving their own proposals and to explore other sources of funding to avoid relying on projects being cascaded at the national level.

Lectures, open forum, presentation of sample exercises, and workshops were conducted during the online training. Among the topics discussed include project development cycle, basic concepts of feasibility study preparation such as market, technical, institutional, environmental, social impact, financial, economic, harmonization of gender and development guidelines, and logical framework preparation.

At the end of the training, the following proposals were submitted: (a) Construction of Municipal Convention Center With 12 Guest Rooms; (b) Marinduque Water Supply Project; (c) Construction/Rehabilitation of Mogpog Creek Flood Control; (d) Loan Assistance for Women (LAW) program; (e) Construction of Evacuation Center – Gasan; (f) Proposed Runway Improvement Extension Of Marinduque Airport; and (g) Torrijos – Organic Vegetables Production. The submitted projects will be further enhanced for submission and inclusion in the annual investment program of the province of Marinduque.

In his closing message, NRO  MIMAROPA OIC-ARD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. thanked everyone for their active participation in the training as well as in working hard to come up with the outputs despite difficulty in the internet connection. He encouraged the participants to continuously improve their proposals for possible funding and implementation by the concerned agencies.