PGMA reiterates directive to gov’t agencies to speed up completion of projects, programs

April 27, 2009 11:25 pm 

MANILA, April 26 — President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo has reiterated her directive to all agencies to speed up the completion of priority government programs and projects to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of public services to the people.

Last month, the President issued Executive Order (EO) 789 enhancing project performance, monitoring and evaluation system and reinforcing public-private partnership and collaboration in the monitoring of government projects.

EO 789 provides a “private sector representative” as the chair of the steering committee of the Project Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (Pro-Performance) System (PPS), and the head of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) as co-chair.

The EO also tasks all government television and radio networks to “allot air time for purposes of communicating the status of all projects, including the televised bidding of all departments.”

The PPS is an “integrated monitoring system established to facilitate, evaluate and advocate, and to strategically monitor the implementation of the President’s priority programs and projects.”

“As such, this (PPS) function shall form part of the mandate of the PMS,” EO 789 stated.

Under the President’s directive, the PPS will “provide independent and up-to-date constructive information on the status of project implementation based on physical development performance and quality, financial performance and timeliness; and identify areas, issues and concerns that need to be addressed by lead implementing agencies and/or project management offices.”

The President also tasked the PPS to “provide information as appropriate to the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) for the latter’s (implementing agencies’) action”; and to “ensure public awareness and participation through information campaigns and advocacy programs.”

“The PPS shall monitor the priority programs and projects of the President, such as but not limited to the projects committed (by the President) through the State of the Nation Addresses (SONAs), major infrastructure projects, health and education programs, regardless of fund source.”

The PPS Steering Committee shall be composed of representatives from the business sector, civil society sector, academe, youth sector, mass media, religious sector, local government sector, international development organizations, and a national government advocacy group.

EO 789 was allotted a P10-million operational budget to be sourced from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to enable it and its “secretariat to effectively perform its mandate,” including the submission to the President through the PMS monthly project evaluation reports with photo-documentation.

To promote public awareness and generate stakeholder support for the President’s priority programs and projects, subject to pertinent laws, issuances and accounting and auditing rules and regulations, “the PPS-SC shall have the authority to require the implementing agencies to conduct and fund from their respective contingency funds the appropriate facilitative and advocacy campaigns and other related activities.” (PNA)

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