RDC Project Endorsement Process

1. The proponent requesting endorsement by the RDC shall submit to the RDC Secretariat the comprehensive project profile, detailed project proposal, pre-feasibility study or feasibility study of a project.

2. Project proponent may be a line agency, government-owned-and-controlled corporation, local government unit, state university/college, private sector organization.

The RDC Secretariat shall evaluate the proposed project. The Project Development, Investment Programming and Budgeting Division (PDD) of NEDA shall conduct initial assessment of the proposed project and may refer it to appropriate NEDA Division for a more detailed evaluation.

3. The basic documents required to commence evaluation of the project include:

          a. Transmittal letter requesting endorsement of the project stating to whom the project shall be endorsed and the need for endorsement.
b. Feasibility Study/ Pre-Feasibility Study/ Project Proposal/ Project Profile.
c. Prior endorsements by SUC Board, Committee, Sanggunian, Municipal/City Development Council or Provincial Development Council.

4. The criteria for evaluation are as follows:
a. Necessity for development. Does the proposed project support development? Is it consistent with the Regional Development Plan (RDP)?
b. Priority. Is it a priority project? Is it included in the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP)? If not, the evaluation shall recommend or its inclusion in the RDIP.
c. Feasibility. Is the project technically, financially, economically, politically, environmentally and administratively viable?
d. Social Acceptability. Do prior endorsements show acceptability of the project?

5. Once RDC Secretariat’s evaluation is completed, the project shall be included in the agenda of the next regular meeting of the concerned RDC Sectoral Committee for review and endorsement to the RDC. Evaluation for project profile and project proposal shall be within 15 calendar days. For pre-feasibility study and feasibility study, it shall be within 30 calendar days.

6. Project profile and project proposal shall be received by the RDC Secretariat at least 15 days prior to the Sectoral Committee meeting to give time for its evaluation. Otherwise it will be calendared in the succeeding meeting of the Sectoral Committee.

7. The RDC Secretariat’s evaluation shall be incorporated in the Secretariat’s Brief. The brief shall contain the background of the project, the evaluation and the recommendation of the evaluator. This shall be included in the reference folder.

8. The proponent shall present the proposal to the Sectoral Committee. The proponent shall prepare a presentation about the project and shall reproduce enough copies of handouts for inclusion in the meeting’s reference folder.

9. The proponent shall be given a copy of the evaluation report prior to the scheduled RDC sectoral committee meeting to give time for the proponent to prepare and address issues and concerns raised in the evaluation report.

10. All coordination work with the proponent shall be undertaken by the Project Development, Investment Programming and Budgeting Division (PDD) of NEDA. It shall inform the proponent of the action of the Sectoral Committee and shall advise to comply with the recommendation of the Sectoral Committee.

11. Upon endorsement of the project to the RDC by the Sectoral Committee, the Secretariat shall include the project in the proposed agenda of the RDC Full Council meeting.

12. The Sectoral Committee Chairman shall present the proposed project to the RDC. The proponent may be invited to attend the RDC meeting to answer queries on the project.

13. The proponent shall provide feedback to the RDC on the status of funding of the endorsed project.