Philippines: Strengthening Provincial and Local Planning and Expenditure Management Phase 2

Sovereign Project | 40345-012

Summary

The overall objectives of the proposed technical assistance were: (i) to further capacitate provinces on provincial planning and expenditure management therebey upgrading their governance capabiltiies, particularly in public spending and supervision over component local government units (LGUs); and (ii) to improve and standardize provincial inputs to regional and national plans and investment programs through the transfer of provincial planning skills, tools and techniques using the Provincial Local Planning Expenditure Management (PLPEM) as guide.

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Project Name Strengthening Provincial and Local Planning and Expenditure Management Phase 2
Project Number 40345-012
Country Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7074-PHI: Strengthening Provincial and Local Planning and Expenditure Management Phase 2
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 650,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Decentralization

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The overall objectives of the proposed technical assistance were: (i) to further capacitate provinces on provincial planning and expenditure management therebey upgrading their governance capabiltiies, particularly in public spending and supervision over component local government units (LGUs); and (ii) to improve and standardize provincial inputs to regional and national plans and investment programs through the transfer of provincial planning skills, tools and techniques using the Provincial Local Planning Expenditure Management (PLPEM) as guide.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB's country strategy and program recognizes this gap and supports the Government's decentralization and local governance agenda. It also identifies the local government finance and budget reform program as a critical operation to (i) reduce local government dependence on national government transfers by improving resource mobilization and budget operations, and (ii) enhance the sustainability of fiscal consolidation by strengthening the LGUs ability to deliver improved services despite resource constraints. The reform program recognizes the need for LGUs to strengthen and coordinate their development planning, institutionalize proper budgeting using approved plans and targets, and enhance their resource mobilization capacity. It also commits to support improved planning, budgeting, and finance linkages and strong regional development coordination.
Impact Improved local investments and service delivery in 75 provinces.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened provincial governance in choices of public spending and supervision over components LGUs, couples with imrpoved provincial inputs to regional and national plans and investment programs.
Progress Toward Outcome

TA was physically completed on 31 July 2011. As a result of the TA, Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFPs) of the 75 participating provinces are now consistent with national and regional development priorities; Provincial Development Investment Programs (PDIPs) had been linked to PDPFPs; while the annual investment plans are now based on the PDIP. While not required by the TA, 43% of the provinces had their PDPFPs adopted by the Provincial Board, and another 31% are awaiting Provincial Board approval.

Other achievements of the TA include: (i) stronger teamwork among planning and finance officers within the provincial governments; (ii) stronger working relationships between the NROs and provincial governments; (iii) provincial governments have continued to seek technical guidance from the NROs even beyond the TA completion date; (iv) disaster risk analysis and mitigation measures were incorporated in the PDPFPs; and (v) more active participation of NEDA regional directors as resources persons in the regional consultation workshops for the preparation of ADB's Country Partnership Strategy for the Philippines, as a result of their extensive knowledge and deep appreciation of provincial and regional development priorities.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFP)

Provincial Development Investments Programs (PDIPs)

Feasibility Studies of critical projects in the PDIP

Project Monitoring system and reporting format

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Of the 75 participating provincial governments, 64 (85%), 47 (63%), and 55 (73%) prepared their PDPFPs, PDIPs, and FSs, respectively.
Geographical Location 75 Provinces
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was a response to the request of the Government of the Philippines for follow-on technical assistance to the 2004 TA on Strengthening Provincial and Local Planning and Expenditure Management. Preparatory work and consultation was undertaken and a fact-finding mission fielded from 15 to 19 November 2007. The mission reached an understanding with the Government on the TA objectives, scope, cost estimates, financing, and implementation arrangements.
During Project Implementation Each of the 15 NROs in the country organized a core team who was trained in the use of PLPEM guidelines and review of PDPFPs, PDIPs, and FSs. The NROs' core teams in turn mentored and coached their counterpart core teams in the provincial governments in the preparation of their respective PDPFPs, PDIPs, and FSs. The outputs were subjected to a process of review and critiquing by the NROs and TA consultants. A technical note was prepared by the TA consultants for each type of output, which was used by the NRO core teams in reviewing the outputs in terms of substance, consistency with PLPEM guidelines as well as national and regional development plans and strategies, and presentation of information. Workshops were conducted in Metro Manila and the regions for final review and quality check of the outputs. The governors and provincial board members were actively engaged in the preparation and approval process of the PDPFPs, PDIPs, and FSs.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA allocated 4 international and 24 national person-months of consulting services. Actual consultant inputs were 6 person-months of international as required by the TA, and only 7.5 months of national since the NEDA Regional Offices provided the other necessary inputs.
Responsible ADB Officer Joel V. Mangahas
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Philippines Country Office
Executing Agencies
National Economic & Development AuthorityMs. Marcelina E. BacaniNational Economic & Development Authorit NEDA sa Pasig Building, 12 Blessed Jose Maria Escriva Drive, Pasig City
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Sep 2007
Fact Finding 15 Nov 2007 to 20 Nov 2007
MRM -
Approval 04 Apr 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 29 Feb 2008
Last PDS Update 20 Dec 2011

TA 7074-PHI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Apr 2008 30 Apr 2008 30 Apr 2008 31 Mar 2010 31 Jul 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
650,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 850,000.00 04 Apr 2008 469,386.72

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