Monitoring and evaluation is the key to an effective measurement of an entire system and an indispensible tool for ensuring quality improvement. With the appropriate indicators, tools and processes, M&E establishes performance standards that would be used to track past performances and forecast future outcomes. The Colombo Plan Staff Collegefor Technician Education (CPSC), in collaboration with the Emergency Cyclone Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project (ECRRP)under the Ministry of Planning, Government of Bangladesh, organized a customized program on “Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Project Activities” from June 22 to 27, 2011 in CPSC, Manila Philippines.
Seven (7) officials from the Ministry of Planning and ECRRP participated in the program to enhance their capabilities in ensuring continuous improvement by internalizing and implementing M&E concepts and processes.Specifically, the program aimed atproviding an overview of the natural disaster management system in the Philippines;explain and appraise quality tools and techniques which are applicable in M&E activities; andprovide a logical framework to project design, implementation and evaluation.
Theme paper presentations and roundtable tasks highlighted relevant topics on monitoring and evaluation. In addition, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)through Commodore Gilbert S. Rueras, shared about natural disaster management system during natural calamities in the Philippines. Study visits to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Philippines’ social and economic development planning and policy coordinating body, and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the agency responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies were also organized during the program.
During the Opening Program, Prof. Dr. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Program Supervisor,welcomed and expressed his appreciation to the delegatesfor participating in the program. He also introduced the recent CPSC programs and activities. On behalf of the delegation, Mr. Abdur Rahim Bhuiyan, Deputy Secretary of the Bangladesh Ministry of Planning and Mr. Md. AbdurRouf, Director of ECRRP and Deputy Secretary of the same Ministry, expressed their special appreciation to CPSC for a very well organized program and study visits.
Prof. TJ Tesoro-Gayondato, Manager, Projects and Consultancy Division (PCD) and Chair, Research, Publication and Information Division acted as Program Coordinator and Resource Personwhile Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, CPSC Faculty Specialistacted as Resource Person for the program.