June 4, 2018

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) committed to intensify its efforts in monitoring and evaluating government activities during a workshop with the World Bank last week.

The joint stakeholder evaluation workshop was held in an effort to enhance monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects in the country.

“We need to improve our capability in measuring and evaluating results. That is why there is a serious intention to implement purposive evaluation in the country that would give us evidence-based, results-oriented impact assessment of our activities,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said in the event held at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.

NEDA presented the government’s National Evaluation Policy Framework (NEPF) and other monitoring and evaluation initiatives that seek to engender the culture of evaluation in public sector management.

The NEPF was carried out by means of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01 by NEDA and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Its evaluation criteria cover four areas, namely relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.

Secretary Pernia said the Philippine government is serious in implementing a purposive evaluation to strengthen the country’s capacity to measure the impact of policies, programs, and projects.

Evaluation activities conducted by NEDA include impact assessments on agriculture, rural roads, technical education skills development, rail, national shelter program, and regional development.

Meanwhile, Secretary Pernia said the workshop was well timed, given that the Philippines is currently in transition in terms of implementing its medium-term development plan.

“We feel fortunate to be working with the World Bank in this initiative. This is a much welcome partnership as we are in a crucial period of implementing the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022,” Pernia said.

The workshop included lectures on WB’s evaluation studies on projects related to sustainable urban transport development, cases of countries transitioning to upper middle-income status, and the Bank’s engagements in situations of fragility, conflict, and violence.

The event was led by NEDA with the WB’s Philippines Country Office and Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), an arm of the World Bank Group which evaluates the Bank’s development effectiveness.