TACLOBAN CITY – The Regional Development Council (RDC) is eyeing the creation of an online Eastern Visayas project monitoring system (PMS) for a more convenient way to check the status of government projects in the region.
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) regional director Bonifacio Uy said in a phone interview Thursday that members of the small group on the creation of the PMS met on June 3 to discuss plans on setting up the web-based system within six months.
Data will mainly be used by members of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee, the RDC’s project monitoring arm responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of priority programs and projects implemented in the region, particularly those that are encountering implementation bottlenecks and projects that are worthy of replication.
Currently, national government agencies based in Eastern Visayas have been submitting project status reports by sending hard copies to NEDA, which is the RDC secretariat. The data is then encoded by NEDA staff to be shared with RDC members.
“The RDC in Region 8 is currently exploring the creation of its own PMS system to serve as a venue for more participative monitoring and evaluation system. Eventually, the system is envisioned to improve the transparency and accountability in the implementation of government programs and projects, and ensure easy public access to information on the accomplishments of the government,” Uy said.
Patterned after the PMS system established by the RDC in Region 4-A (Calabarzon), the region is eyeing to set up the process within six months using web files of the model region for configuration and customization, as a starting point in developing the Region 8 PMS.
RDC Region 4-A launched its PMS in 2016 as a web-based application for the submission of regional project monitoring and evaluation system reports of agencies. (PNA)