Bicol RDC and RSC conduct joint NSM and NWOEP Outreach Activity


Recipients of the birth certificates show gratitude to the RDC and the RSC

In celebration of the National Statistics Month and the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) conducted an outreach activity on October 14, 2019 at the Salvacion Elementary School, Salvacion, Sto. Domingo, Albay. Simultaneous activities were undertaken such as the Awarding of 30 Birth Certificates to indigent recipients, Mobile Registration and Civil Registration Clinic, and Sugod Harong.


NEDA 5 ARD Edna Cynthia S. Berces confirms with participants Ambisyon Natin 2040 as their vision for themselves and their families

The agencies that participated in the activity were the regional offices of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department of Budget and Management, Department of Education, and Department of Public Works and Highways. In the spirit of community, the parents, children, teachers, and agency representatives danced together to the tune of Tunog ng Progreso, and the PSA Jingle.


The participating agencies provided pack of goods to 13 poor families

For the Sugod Harong, a total of 13 poor families were visited, interviewed, and provided with pack of goods. The families were pre-identified by the barangay council as the poorest in Barangay Salvacion, Sto. Domingo, Albay. The NEDA Region 5 visited two families and tried to immerse in the interviewees’ lives by knowing their aspirations for their families, status of living, problems faced, and coping strategies. The families showed resilience and optimism in the midst of extreme poverty fueled by high hopes that the government can soon break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

This joint NSM and NWOEP outreach activity inspires families and the community to trust the government, and to participate in achieving Ambisyon Natin 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat.



BSP awards NEDA Region 5 as outstanding partner

The NEDA Region 5 received an award for being an outstanding partner of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), specifically for providing regular reports on regional economic development. Ms. Agnes E. Tolentino, regional director of NEDA Region 5, received the finely crafted “eagle trophy” during the 2019 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for BSP Stakeholders in Region 5 on October 1, 2019 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, Naga City.

The NEDA Region 5 has been consistently providing timely and accurate information to the BSP for its annual publication, the Regional Economic Development in the Philippines, and for the formulation of policies for financial stability as well. Finalists for the same category were the regional offices of the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Department of Agriculture.

The awards ceremony focused on the theme, “One Team, One Goal: Resilient Partnership towards Inclusive Economic Growth”. Ms. Haydee R. Paulino, acting deputy director of the Department of Economic Statistics of BSP, presented the economic situation of the Bicol Region vis-à-vis Luzon Island and the Philippines.

In his keynote speech, BSP Monetary Board Member Bruce Tolentino, called for the continuous support of the stakeholders to BSP in carrying out its mandate of maintaining price stability, promoting financial stability, and ensuring an effective payments and settlements system in the country. He emphasized the importance of having a resilient partnership towards the attainment of a shared vision and inclusive economic growth.


RD Agnes E. Tolentino receives the award for Outstanding Partner for Report on Regional Economic Developments in the Philippines from Mr. Restituto C. Cruz and Mr. Bruce J. Tolentino of the BSP.


The winners for different categories with BSP executives and officers.



Improved project implementation through
better project monitoring and evaluation

Development stakeholders in the Bicol region committed to improve project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to facilitate project implementation during the orientation on Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) last September 24 to 26 in Legazpi City.

The orientation conducted by the Bicol Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) was participated in by 46 representatives of regional line agencies, RDC private sector representatives, state universities and colleges (SUCs) on September 24, and by 56 local government units (LGUs) on the next two days.

The activity aimed to orient new project monitors on the basic concepts of results-based monitoring and evaluation, RPMES framework and guidelines, and roles of the local project monitoring committees (LPMCs).

Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino, Bicol RPMC Chair, underscored the importance of (M&E) in attaining the goals and aspirations of the Ambisyon Natin 2040. The need to strengthen the linkage between and among the implementing agencies and LPMCs to facilitate M&E activities through submission of reliable project status reports was likewise highlighted.

Implementing agencies committed to provide the RPMC with quarterly status reports of their priority projects for monitoring. On one hand, the LGUs recognized the need to reactivate their respective LPMCs to effectively facilitate implementation of programs and projects within their jurisdiction.


Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino, Bicol RPMC Chair, emphasizing the importance of M&E in attaining Ambisyon Natin 2040 during the RPMES orientation with the implementing agencies and CSOs on September 24 held at Kanzo Hall and Restaurant, Legazpi City


Fr. Romulo O. Castañeda, Bicol RDC-PSR Farmer Sector, during the orientation with the implementing agencies and CSOs on September 24 held at Kanzo Hall and Restaurant, Legazpi City


Participants from regional line agencies, state universities & colleges, and private sector representatives during the RPMES orientation on September 24 held at Kanzo Hall and Restaurant, Legazpi City


Participants from the LGUs of Camarines Sur during the RPMES orientation on September 25-26 held at Kanzo Hall and Restaurant, Legazpi City




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