SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
14 September 2021 02:57:52 PM
The House Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by AAMBIS-OWA Party-list Rep. Sharon Garin on Tuesday formed a technical working group (TWG) for the proposals to establish a National Evaluation Policy (NEP). These are House Bill 3293 filed by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas and HB 8025 by Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Jr. Both bills state that the enactment of a law mandating the establishment of the National Evaluation Policy would strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks for the regular conduct of monitoring and evaluation of the results of public policies, programs, projects and other forms of government intervention intended to promote sustainable development and uplift the living standards of all Filipinos, especially the poor and the marginalized. Garin said there is a third bill on the NEP, which she filed, that would also be included in the TWG. Among the resource persons invited for comments on the bills was Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Agnes Miranda. She said the NEP is a vital piece of legislation that would not only structure, systematize and guide monitoring and evaluation (ME) activities in the government but more importantly, strengthen government’s efforts to institutionalize good governance, transparency, accountability, as well as evidence-based decision-making in the public sector. Meanwhile, House of Representatives Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) Deputy Secretary General Dr. Romulo Emmanuel Miral Jr. expressed full support for the bills. He said that while agencies have monitoring and evaluation units, there is no integrated or government-wide systematic evaluation. He cited problems like poverty, inequality and climate resiliency, which involve various departments. “If evaluation is just confined to each individual government agency and there’s no systematic way of integrating these evaluation initiatives, (then) it is very difficult to address these goals,” he explained. Miral also said that per their observation, while legislators actually would always emphasize the importance of evidence-based policymaking, there is the problem of lack of evidence. Miral said they are pushing for an integrated monitoring and evaluation system to be institutionalized.