The Bicol Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) conducted a one-day webinar on Theory of Change (TOC) for members of the RPMC, local project monitoring committees (LPMCs) at the municipal, city, and provincial levels, and private sector representatives of the Regional Development Council. The webinar was held on November 23, 2021 with a total of 82 participants.

RPMC Chairperson and NEDA Regional Director Agnes Tolentino, in her opening message, mentioned that the webinar was a clamor from the LPMCs as part of their capacity development and so it was included in the CY 2021 RPMC work program. She cited the importance of the TOC in “interpreting the results of an evaluation of a project, especially in terms of whether the project has brought about the desired change in the lives of the beneficiaries.”

Mr. Kevin Martin Dela Cruz, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager of the Philippine Development Foundation, was engaged to discuss the Basic Concepts of Developing a TOC. He walked the participants through the steps in developing a TOC and provided a template for them to work on during the breakout sessions.

In sharing their takeaways from the webinar, the participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on the concepts of TOC and to build their skills in developing one. But more than gaining new knowledge and skills, the LPMC chairperson of Legazpi City shared how the webinar reminded her “not to lose sight of the city’s development goals and to effect significant change in the lives of the people through the projects that they monitor and evaluate.”

In her closing message, NEDA 5 Assistant Regional Director Edna Cynthia Berces reminded the participants that more projects will be devolved to the LGUs with the implementation of the Supreme Court ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia case. Thus, she encouraged the participants to “develop the TOC even during the project planning and development stage, and to use it for effective project monitoring and evaluation.”

Mr. Kevin Martin Dela Cruz of the Philippine Development Foundation is the resource person on Theory of Change.
Some of the 82 participants who attended the webinar.
Architect Salvador II T. Tarraya and Punong Barangay Amelita T. Barizo during the sharing of Takeaways.

Engr. Joel Lustina/NEDA