The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region VI collaborated with their counterpart in the Ilocos Region to operationalize the electronic Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (e-RPMES) in Western Visayas.

This is in response to the challenge made by Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua during the Knowledge Fiesta 2021 to enhance the knowledge management system, including the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices across the NEDA regional offices.

The e-RPMES developed by NEDA I is a web-based system that provides wider access to and allows the faster submission of the RPMES forms from implementing agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local government units (LGUs).

“Having an e-RPMES will ensure better access and increased transparency in the implementation of the programs, projects and activities in the region,” NEDA-VI OIC-Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales said as she formally opened the online training-workshop on the e-RPMES conducted on February 2-4, 2022 via Zoom.

During the online training, the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED) staff along with the information and communications technology (ICT) team of NEDA VI were taught how to use the features of the e-RPMES to generate and manage data. Overall, the participants were impressed by the functionality and usability of the online system.

In his closing message, NEDA VI ARD Arecio A. Casing Jr. said the transition from the manual generation of reports to a web-based data management system will lead to an effective and efficient monitoring of PPAs in the region. It will also give more time for the staff to focus on other important functions like problem-solving and innovations in M&E.

RD Rosales expressed her appreciation to NEDA I, especially to RD Nestor G. Rillon, for the technical assistance.  She also recognized their Monitoring and Evaluation Division (MED) and ICT unit for their commitment to support, even beyond the training schedule to ensure the timely and effective operationalization of the e-RPMES.

The e-RPMES will be formally launched during the First Quarter Regional Development Council VI Meeting in March 2022. This will be followed by a user’s training for focal persons/coordinators of the concerned implementing agencies, LGUs and other instrumentalities of government in the region. (Ma. Leah Letrero, NEDA-PMED VI)