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Terminal evaluation of the Government Financing Project Paving the Roads to Sustainable Development Goals through Good Local Governance (Roads2SDGs)
Commissioning Unit: Philippines
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Philippines
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Consider the socio-cultural dimensions of the project down to the lowest level of local government. There are more than 80 provinces in the Philippines with diverse background. These diversity and profile should be intrinsic into the analysis and solutions offered. Integrate efforts from the Roads2SDGs project to the localization of the SDGs to contribute to the result matrices set in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and in future PDPs along with Ambisyon 2040 and the SDG2030.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04] [Last Updated: 2022/07/04]

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) jointly launched the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) initiative to improve the quality of local road networks across the country. The Program addresses the underinvestment in local roads and improvement of national-local roads connectivity to increase economic activity and improve access to facilities and services in the provinces.

In need of support, DILG partnered with UNDP and launched the Roads2SDGs project. The project is specifically designed to provide technical assistance in improving the road planning and design, quality assurance and in strengthening citizen participation to ensure transparency and accountability in road project implementation.

 

While the recommendation is acknowledged, the solutions offered by the project are limited by the scope of the CMGP Program where the project is latched on.

 

The project  provided technical assistance to all provinces in conducting provincial assessments, which serves as a baseline for the formulation of their respective Governance Reform Roadmap. The Provincial Governance Reform Roadmap is a five-year reform plan in seven reform areas, consisting of annual strategies and actions for the provinces to achieve their desired goals/target. The process also involves the mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the end states, annual milestones/objectives and strategic actions including the cross-cutting themes such as gender, social inclusion, environment, and peace.

 

All 78 provinces covered have formulated their respective PGRRs and all PGRRs were officially adopted by their respective Sangguniang Panlalawigan as a medium-term local plan for provincial road management. DILG is continuously monitoring PLGUs in the achievement of reform targets.

 let’s re-organize the MR, start with the CMGP national program and how the project was designed to support this. While the recommendation is acknowledged, the solutions offered by the project are limited by the scope of the CMGP Program where the project is latched on

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to transmit final Terminal Evaluation Report to DILG, highlighting evaluation recommendations for their consideration.
[Added: 2022/07/04] [Last Updated: 2022/07/11]
Project Focal 2022/03 Completed The final terminal evaluation report was officially transmitted to DILG on April 28, 2022. History
2. Recommendation:

There should be a compendium of best practices so that other LGUs could refer to and benchmark. The successful experience of Kalinga and other provinces with good practices is built around a supportive political leadership, capacitated staff, social environment that is collaborative and participatory approach even before project initiation which then addresses the issues of community participation, harmony, social mobility and achievement of peace and development. It is therefore recommended that if given an opportunity and funding, conduct and collect data on the direct impact of the project after 5 years or more particularly in its contribution to the SDGs. This could be a research impact that will show the real change in the real world including a reflection from the beneficiaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04]

The project was able to publish four (4) magazines highlighting success stories of provinces and communities and illustrates the impact of road infrastructure projects complemented by initiatives to promote good governance. Magazines were distributed to DILG Central and Regional Offices, PLGUs, and partner CSOs. See link here for copies of the magazines. The project will also be producing a video that will highlight its accomplishments and results achieved, as well as capture success stories of communities on the ground.

 

The research impact is acknowledged and will be submitted to DILG for consideration in the conduct of its future evaluations/studies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Production of Project Video, highlighting the partnership, results, and success stories.
[Added: 2022/07/04] [Last Updated: 2022/07/11]
UNDP Project Team 2022/07 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Given the limited resources available to produce a project video, the project management decided not to continue with the proposal. However, the project provided technical support to DILG-CMGP in coming up with a Transition and Sustainability Plan with reference to the reforms, results and results achieved by the Project. The plan serves as a guide to ensure that the tools/systems introduced by the project will be utilized by provinces even after the project and the gains on good local road governance will be sustained. The Transition and Sustainability Plan was completed and submitted to DILG in December 2021. ]
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3. Recommendation:

Include the aspect of crisis management and scenario modeling to address future hazards and risks associated with the implementation of the project in crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters and climate change which could affect the quality of roads infrastructure and other development initiatives.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation highlighting the importance of crisis management and scenario modeling in project development and planning stage. Throughout the duration of the project, implementation risks have been identified, analyzed, and monitored to mitigate its effects and lessen the impact to the achievement of project deliverables. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project implemented alternative strategies to deliver commitments such as development of e-learning modules and conduct of webinars.

For future UNDP projects, it will employ stronger risks identification and mitigation measures covering crisis management and scenario modelling, at the project design stage.

As this is a DIM project, UNDP will transmit this recommendation to the DILG for their consideration.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to transmit final Terminal Evaluation Report to DILG, highlighting evaluation recommendations for their consideration
[Added: 2022/07/04] [Last Updated: 2022/07/11]
Project Focal 2022/03 Completed The final terminal evaluation report was officially transmitted to DILG on April 28, 2022. History
4. Recommendation:

Continue coaching and mentoring of LGUs. Widen the scope of GHUBs membership and expand their roles as coaches/mentors in each municipality in the province. GHUBs could better provide technical assistance to the provinces if they are positioned or institutionalized in the governance/management of the province through the Provincial Development Councils and at local development councils.

Carry out a stock-taking evaluation of training capacity of different recipients of the capacity building activities conducted in this project, and what partnership opportunities could be leveraged to inter-link these for the institutionalization of GHUBs in the governance framework. Some members of the GHUBs have a long-standing experience and partnerships with the LGUs.   

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04]

As part of the continuity and institutionalization of GHUBS, technical support was provided to GHUBS in preparing their Sustainability Plans that will guide them to continue to support LGUs as they assume bigger roles with the implementation of Mandanas-Garcia Ruling in 2022. All 16 GHUBS have formulated their individual sustainability plans.

DILG-OPDS is also exploring the possibility of tapping the services of GHUBS in their efforts to continue to provide capacity development to LGUs to ensure that reforms in local road governance will be sustained during the transition, as well as in the monitoring of the performance of LGUs in project implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to turnover GHUBS TORs, memberships and contact details and sustainability plans to DILG-OPDS for future engagements
[Added: 2022/07/04]
UNDP Project Team 2022/01 Completed
5. Recommendation:

For horizontal transfer, it is recommended to assess the feasibility of transferring technology and skills at the local level by breaking it down        into phases and adapting it to the existing circumstances, availability of data, human resources, and the like.  There is also a need to develop a roadmap for follow-up transfer actions, including continued capacity development, which may be covered if there will be continuation of the project by the DILG or to be carried out by PLGUs themselves with the assistance of UNDP and relevant government agencies. To further foster the sustainability of the transferred tools and skills, it is recommended to facilitate local coordination channels with PLGUs to continue to engage partners including DILG and other international organizations and the GHUBs to further ensure continuity and sustainability of the results of the implemented project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04]

DILG, with the assistance of UNDP, prepared  Transition and Sustainability Plan to ensure that the reforms in local road governance introduced by CMGP and Roads2SDGs project will be sustained during the transition and beyond. In line with the recent development on the national policy framework, specifically in view of the changes made in fiscal support and in the roles of national and sub-national stakeholders in the government. The transition plan outlines target milestones and priority interventions within the 3-year period, while the sustainability plan identifies specific action steps to ensure that the institutional requirements are in-place for local governance reforms to sustain beyond the 3-year period. The plan will also inform the overall capacity development plan of OPDS which includes continuing capacity development support to PLGUs and rollout to cities/municipalities.

 

Currently, the tools and modules introduced by the project are already being rolled out to municipalities including Quality Assurance Assessment Tool (QAAT), Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicator (APCPI) Training and Procurement Planning in partnership with GPPB, and the Local Road Asset Management. The use QAAT tool is also being expanded for water supply projects and vertical structures

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to turn over the CMGP and Roads2SDGs Project Transition/ Sustainability Plan to DILG-OPDS
[Added: 2022/07/04]
UNDP Project Team 2021/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

To keep the momentum and for regular progress updates, it is recommended that the project should have a specific project board separate from the project board of the CMGP.  In this way, there is a separate follow up and reporting of project activities solely for the Roads2SDGs project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation. This is aligned with the existing policy of the organization to establish appropriate oversight mechanism to ensure accountability for activities, results, and the use of resources. All UNDP projects must be governed by a multi-stakeholder board or committee to review performance and address implementation issues to ensure quality delivery of results. Since the implementation and activities of CMGP and Roads2SDGs are connected and complement one another, both PMOs decided to utilize the existing Project Board of the CMGP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to transmit final Terminal Evaluation Report to DILG, highlighting evaluation recommendations for their consideration.
[Added: 2022/07/04] [Last Updated: 2022/07/11]
Project Focal 2022/03 Completed The final terminal evaluation report was officially transmitted to DILG on April 28, 2022. History
7. Recommendation:

In terms of preparation of plans and programs, it is highly recommended that the government will need to strengthen the awareness on the gender dimension at all levels and among stakeholder institutions and implementing partners, to improve gender mainstreaming within any project. It is advisable to organize a Gender Team or appoint a gender focal person in project implementation and coordination to help with gender mainstreaming within the project, improvement of gender-related indicators, support data disaggregation and analysis.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/04]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation of the evaluator on the terminal evaluation of the project. The organization is committed to supporting governments to eliminate inequalities through targeted, gender-focused programmes and ensuring that all development efforts consider the experiences, needs and contribution of women.  

 

At the project level, Roads2SDGs was able to assist DILG in developing an assessment tool on gender responsiveness of road infrastructure and related facilities, designed to augment the exiting Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines sector specific checklist on infrastructures. Integration of Gender and Development in the enhanced Local Roads Network Development Planning (LRNDP) process and the quality assurance standards was enhanced to incorporate gender sensitivity in the evaluation of designs and implementation of road projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to engage a Gender Advisor to deepen gender mainstreaming in projects
[Added: 2022/07/04]
Programme Focal 2021/12 Completed UNDP has engaged with the Bangkok Regional Hub’s Gender Advisor to increase the gender ratings of its projects

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