The National Economic and Development Authority Region VI,which heads the RDC Regional Project Monitoring Committee, led the conduct of the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Forum 2018 focusing on improving public safety, standards and implementation) last October 4, 2018 at the RDC Conference Hall, NEDA-VI Office, Iloilo City.Participants included the members of the RPMC and representatives from the provincial and city Project Monitoring Commitees, regional line agencies, and  state universities and colleges.

The M&E Forum is an annual activity initiated by NEDA-VI to update regional, local and NGO monitors on the latest policies, program guidelines, monitoring strategies and tools to further enhance their capabilities when inspecting projects or when discerning solutions to implementation problems.The topics provides the participants an opportunity to reflect on their roles particularly on addressing recurring issues that affect the implementation of programs/projects in the region.

In her welcome message, RD Ro-Ann A. Bacal emphasized that M&E is vital in identifying how far agencies have gone in implementing their programs and projects whether this be capital outlay/infrastructure or servicesbeing delivered.  She reminded everyone that implementation problems, bottlenecks and issues identified through M&E and resolved through collaborative efforts help government save millions worth of scarce resources.

Atty. Mary Grace Bulaquiña, OIC of the Legal Division of DPWH VI, gave an orientation on the rules on Right-of-Way Acquisition Processes. Engr. Bladimar M. Pantillo, Senior Labor Employment Officer of DOLE VI, discussed Labor Safety and Standards. Ms. Fiona L. Genon, Environmental Management Specialist of DENR-EMB VI, explained the Environmental Compliance Application Process, focusing on the online application processes. Ms. Cecile C. Lacson, Chief Budget and Management Specialist of DBM VI, lectured on the Budget Reform Programparticularly on the shift to the annual cash-based appropriationsandclarified the misconceptions on the Budget Modernization Bill.

Architect Ryan N. Bedia of the UAP-Iloilo Chapter, RPMC VI Private Sector Representative, formally closed the event by inviting the participants to work with the RPMC and LPMCs in strengthening M&E activities to ensure success of funded programs and projects. (PMED)