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COTABATO CITY–Aimed at improving staff skills and knowledge in terms of crafting development policies, employees from the Technical Management Service (TMS) and other affiliated agencies under the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) underwent training and practicum on policy evaluation on Dec. 5-9 held in this city.
The 5-day training was conducted as a continuation of the Capacity Development Training and Practicum on Result-Based Policy Formulation, Monitoring, and Evaluation organized in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Accordingly, this practice sought to develop the skills of OCM employees in evaluating the implemented policies towards ‘good governance’ of Bangsamoro focusing on united, enlightened, self-governing, peaceful, just, morally upright, and progressive autonomy.
TMS Director Engr. Windel Diangcalan underscored the vital roles of their agency, saying, “the functions of TMS, as mandated, are to assist OCMs’ staff and provide the Chief Minister with inputs useful in formulating appropriate and results-oriented development policies.”
Director Diangcalan hopes that the training will be the starting point for a fruitful engagement with partners to realize their vision and mission based on the OCM’s strategic plan.
The participants have trained on policy analyses, designing, planning, monitoring, and evaluation, including the steps for conducting policy evaluation, criteria and Policy Design Matrix (PDM), and the writing of policy evaluation reports, among others.
Meanwhile, JICA In-House Consultant for Project Formulation, M&E, and Capacity Building for Partner Organizations Engr. Rey Gerona said the participants could help to make the plan implementable.
“They are expected to apply what they’ve learned here to implement policies strongly,” Gerona said.
The event was attended by participants from the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), Office of the Chief of Staff (OCOS), Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Internal Audit Office (IAO), Intelligent and Security Services (ISS), and the Support to Local Moral Governance (SLMG).
The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) also conducted focused group discussions with the trainees on different policies and practices of their ministry. The training’s outcome will be consolidated to create development policies in pursuit of effective and efficient Bangsamoro governance. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)