Bicol Region eyes a wider and better network for project development and evaluation, and resource generation as more development planners build proficiency in project concept note preparation during the Training/Workshop on Project Concept Note (PCN) Preparation held on June 28 to 29, 2022 at the NEDA Regional Office 5 in Legazpi City. The endeavor is a joint effort of the Bicol Project Development Committee (BPDC) and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center which were participated by agency focals, local government unit representatives, and other development partners.

“This training workshop is the Bicol RDC’s response to the need to assist agencies and state universities and colleges, and especially the local government units in coming up with project studies for fund sourcing and implementation,” as emphasized by Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Edna Cynthia Berces of NEDA Region 5 in her opening message. Local development planners have been calling for an increase in the chance of viable projects being funded by improving the level of preparedness of proposed projects in the region.

At the end of the two-day training workshop, the participants were able to develop four PCNs, namely:  (1) Construction of Camalig-Legazpi City Alternate Route or the PNR Road-Track,  (2) Sustainable and Livelihood Enhancement for Abakaleros in Albay; (3) Establishment of a Common Solid Waste Management Facility for the Island Province of Catanduanes; and (4) Waste-to-Energy Facility.

Atty. John Dominic Zafe, one of the resource persons from the PPP Center, lauded the participants for the comprehensive PCNs, saying, “the PCNs are forward-looking and are grounded on data, and project sustainability was considered in all the PCNs.” He further supported the earlier remark of ARD Berces on the need to build network among the different regional government agencies to strengthen project  development initiatives in the region.

After gaining knowledge on PCN preparation, the participants are expected to refine the PCNs that will be endorsed by the BPDC Secretariat to the PPP Center for possible collaboration and feasibility study preparation. They were encouraged to participate in succeeding capacity building activities, particularly in introductory and project-focused courses. 

The training workshop is a stride towards increasing infrastructure spending up to five percent of the Gross Regional Domestic Product and the development of project ideas into viable project proposals in support of national and regional development plans.

Ester B. Barria/NEDA5