The Bicol Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), during its fourth quarter meeting last October 29, adopted the monitoring plan for the Support to the Barangay Development Program (SBDP). As part of the umbrella program to operationalize Executive Order No. 70, Series of 2018 institutionalizing a whole-of-nation approach to address the root causes of insurgency and armed conflicts, the SBDP covers 49 barangays in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Masbate, and Sorsogon.

Under the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act, PhP980 million (or PhP20 million per barangay) is allocated for the implementation of projects in the 49 barangays, such as farm-to-market roads, school buildings, water supply and sanitation systems, health stations, housing, etc. In monitoring these projects, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01, Series of 2019 prescribes the mechanisms of the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES). Moreover, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2021-040 provides the roles of local project monitoring committees (LPMCs) and DILG field, provincial and regional offices in monitoring the SBDP.

In accordance with the foregoing circulars, the RPMC adopted the monitoring process, flow, timeline, frequency, and report formats for the SBDP projects from the municipal level up to the regional and national levels. NEDA RD Agnes Tolentino, the RPMC Chairperson, emphasized the important role of LPMCs in monitoring the projects in their respective areas. Noting that some of the projects have started implementation, she encouraged the LPMCs to start monitoring the projects and submit timely project status reports, so that any issues affecting the implementation of the projects may be addressed immediately.