The Development Academy of the Philippines, through its Center for Governance-Policy Research Office (CFG-PRO) conducted the course on basic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for various government agencies to equip government employees with necessary skills and knowledge on M&E of programs and projects.  The course covered sessions on the importance of M&E in the government sector, concepts and principles, analysis of data, designing of M&E system, preparing a logical framework as well as overview on progress and reporting M&E results.

Some 42 participants from different national government agencies, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, as well as state universities and colleges attended the course.

Resource persons from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) also shared how they monitor and evaluate their programs as well as presented the challenges in M&E and the best practices that other agencies can emulate.

As part of their learning, the participants prepared and presented their respective logical framework and M&E plans grounded on the theoretical inputs from the sessions. The said outputs were contextualized and anchored based on the Sustainable Development Goal themes, namely, Quality Education, Good Health and Well-being, No Poverty,  Peace, Justice and Strong Institution, and Zero Hunger.

Jesse David of the National Economic and Development Authority, Jansen Mayor of Lutheran World Relief, Director Gilbert Lumantao and Peter Dan Baon of the DAP-CFG, Engels Del Rosario of British Council of the Philippines, Jimmy Francis Schuck of DSWD, and Emmanuel Fallaria of the DAR served as resource persons.

As part of CFG-PRO’s advocacy on more sustainable and environmental practices, it implements environment- and health-friendly events and activities. Hence, a short discussion on waste reduction was included in the program and the participants were served nutritious meals with grow, glow, and go foods or “Pinggang Pinoy” during the three-day training.