TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---To ensure proper implementation, success and sustainability, the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE 2) conducted last week monitoring and evaluation of funded livelihood projects in Nueva Vizcaya.
According to DOLE 2 Regional Director, Atty. Sixto Rodriguez, the project efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability must be observed to achieve the project objectives in order to improve the living condition of the livelihood beneficiaries.
“Monitoring helps us in making sure that government funds are not wasted and if the recipients are making good or not in managing the assistance given to them,” Atty. Rodriguez said.
“For low performing projects, we need to determine the causes and suggest proper intervention in order to improve their operations,” Atty. Rodriguez added.
The monitoring and evaluation in Nueva Vizcaya last week covered the municipalities of Sta. Fe, Aritao, and Alfonso Castañeda. It focused on the achievement and progress of the funded livelihood projects. The assessment indicators used were project sustainability, organizational strength, institutional partners support, and DOLE Technical Support.
The results showed an indication that most of the projects are not yet meeting sustainability point. Of the nine projects monitored, only two reaches a high level performance, these are Buko Pie Making and Agri-Supply project in Alfonso Castañeda.
Five projects are at medium level performance, these are Butchering and Meat Processing and Agri-Farm Supply in Aritao; and Soft Broom Making projects in Sta Fe and Agri-Farm Supply in Alfonso Castañeda. Unfortunately, there were two projects that registered a low level performance, these are the Soft Broom Making project in Sta. Fe and Agri-Supply Farm in Alfonso Castañeda.
The high level performance projects have potential to transform into sustainable enterprise so it was suggested to strengthen its collaboration with the institutional partners for a strong support in the project implementation. Whereas in medium level performance projects, the sales income is at breakeven point where there are no losses yet nor profits. Thus, it is essential to review production volume, product pricing, operating expense and sales. The low level performance projects are nearing bankruptcy so there is a need for DOLE to conduct problem analysis to determine the cause and effect of the problem.
Moreover, it is likewise essential to develop marketing strategies and to enhance the organizations’ management skills and workers competency for the success of the projects.
In 2016 alone, a total of ₱6.2 million was released in Nueva Vizcaya for 10 livelihood projects with 909 beneficiaries in 6 municipalities. (END/GBC/RBE)
by Glaeza B. dela Cruz