The NEDA VI, through its Project Development, Investment Programming and Budgeting Division, conducted the Project Evaluation and Development (PED) Course for selected LGU personnel in the Province of Guimaras on April 12-16 and 26-30, 2021. The 10-day course was a blended learning activity attended by twenty-nine (29) participants from the Municipalities of Jordan, Nueva Valencia, Buenavista, Sibunag and San Lorenzo, and from different offices of the provincial government.  Participants attended online lectures and the onsite coaching sessions in Jordan for the drafting of basic project proposals following health and safety protocols.

The participants were introduced to tools that will enable them to prepare basic and comprehensive project proposals.  Said tools are those prescribed in Volume 5 of the NEDA Provincial/Local Planning and Expenditure Management (PLPEM) Guidelines.  At the end of the course, the eight (8) teams submitted project proposals for the following projects: 1) Establishment and Operation of Balay Dalangpan in Jordan; 2) Completion and Management of the Community Fish Landing Center in Nueva Valencia; 3) Rehabilitation and Management of the Provincial Tree Park; 4) Establishment and Operation of Sanitary Landfill (Category 1) in Buenavista; 5) Establishment and Operation of an Integrated Terminal Complex in the Capital Town of Jordan; 6) Establishment of Solid Waste Management System of Nueva Valencia; 7) Establishment and Operation of the Municipal Agri-Fishery Center of San Lorenzo; and 8) Improvement and Operation of the Municipal Market of Sibunag.

Inspired by the success of this training, the Guimaras Governor Samuel T. Gumarin, through Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Nolinda C. Ronzales has proposed for a second batch to be held in the 4th quarter this year.

The NEDA VI conducts the PED Course for LGUs and SUCs in order to increase the pool of technical staff that are knowledgeable and competent in preparing and evaluating project proposals. The training also aims to strengthen the capacities of LGUs to fund and implement projects in view of a higher Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) regime starting in 2022 with the Supreme Court ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia petition. (RCYap/NEDA VI)