Local Monitors. Teachers and barangay officials are among the members of the citizen monitoring team in Tampilisan town in Zamboanga del Norte.

Locals form team to monitor project implementation

Date Published: April 27, 2018

Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte — School teachers and barangay officials here have formed a team to closely monitor the implementation of farm-to-market road.

Some 60 participants gathered during the four-day Citizen Monitoring Team (CMT) training conducted Project’s Mindanao Project Support Office to learn the technical aspect of road construction, even geotagging technology.

“Monitoring is a very important activity to ensure our project implementation. As stakeholder and project beneficiaries, your role in monitoring on the ground level is vital in achieving a well-implemented project,” said National Project Coordination Office Deputy Project Director Engr. Cirilo N. Namoc.

CMT is a strategy that complements to the subprojects’ robust monitoring and evaluation. The Monitoring Team is organized at the community level and its primary purpose is to engage the community that are involved or directly benefits the project. For this team, they will be monitoring the rehabilitation of Poblacion-Farmington-Galingon-Balacbaan-Cabong-Tilubog farm-to-market road measuring 13.82 kilometers with a total budget of P188.17 million.

“Hopefully, they will be able to institutionalize the monitoring activities of subproject by having their own community-based monitoring and evaluation,” said PSO Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Unit Head Joseph D. Rico who leads the training team.

PSO Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Unit Head Joseph D. Rico leads the training team.

The training includes series of lectures on Citizens Monitoring Framework, Concept and Application of the Applied Geo-Tagging (AGT) for subprojects, Monitoring guidelines on Social and Environmental Safeguard Compliance monitoring Presentation of GRM SMS flat form (24/7 Computer Operated Hotline); they also had a run through of the Citizens monitoring instrument; module for field work; field testing of monitoring instrument; and geo-tagging.

Action planning was also conducted after the participants completed the training course.

Aside from the M&E unit, the training was also facilitated in collaboration with Social and Environmental Safeguard Unit Head Arnel B. Arreglado and Geomapping and Governance Unit GIS Officer Jovito Liberato.  (Joy M. Montecalvo/PSO Mindanao)

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