In line with the government’s policies on decentralization and administrative delegation. Regional Development Councils (RDCs) were reorganized and strengthened through Executive Order (EO) No. 308, which among others, tasked the RDCs with the coordination of project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Moreover, Memorandum Order (MO) No. 175 was issued on 225 May 1988 which created Project Monitoring Committees at the provincial/city and municipal levels to monitor local government projects funded from national government and local government funds.

In support of these policies and to facilitate project implementation, monitoring and evaluation at the regional and subregional levels, a Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) was established through EO 376 dated 2 November 1989. The system provides a scheme for monitoring and evaluating projects at the national, regional, provincial/city and municipal levels, with the extensive and active participation of various government agencies , local government units and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) at all levels.

Through the system, generation of information on the overall status of project implementation at each level and the detection of problems that impede implementation will be facilitated, so that remedial actions can be readily undertaken at the level nearest the project sites, and at the earliest time possible.

This manual has been developed primarily for the Project Monitoring Committees at the regional/provincial/city/municipal levels responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of programs/projects under their jurisdiction. It provides the basic framework for monitoring and evaluating projects at all levels, the general process flow, responsibilities of units involved, the input and output forms, and the procedures for filling up the forms. Decision parameters are also included for specific/common implementation problems. Expansion of the system to include additional data inputs and output reports will depend upon the various development councils at the regional, provincial, city or municipal levels. The reports suggested in the manual are the minimum required to provide basic information that will enable consolidation of information on implementation status of development projects necessary to evaluate performance and resolve implementation problems at all levels.

With the passage of Republic Act (RA) 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, monitoring of projects has been devolved to the local government units. However, there remains a need for the coordination of project implementation, monitoring and evaluation both at the regional and national levels. Thus, a need for updating the Manual of Operations for the Project Monitoring Committees at all levels to make it consistent with the devolution of monitoring functions to the local government units pursuant to the Code. The National Project Monitoring Committee was established pursuant to EO 93 which amends EO 376 to coordinate various RPMES matters nationwide. EO 93 also mandates the NPMC to update and make revision on the manual as necessary.