|Progress Toward Outcome
The TA has supported the required preparatory and analytical work for designing and implementing the KC-NCDDP, which included the following: (i) identification of appropriate funds flow mechanism given the collaborative co-financing arrangement with the WB, (ii) designing the required local counterpart contributions (LCC) of covered municipalities, (iii) provision of advice on decentralized setup of KC-NCDDP implementation. It also supported due diligence and preparatory work for the Project, including the linked documents to the Projects Report and Recommendation of the President. The TA assisted the EA in the start-up activities of KCNCDDP in Q1-Q3 2014, which included social awareness raising activities for KC-NCDDP as well as the enrolment of target municipalities in KC-NCDDP. The TA is preparing for the publication of a knowledge product based on the experiences and lessons learnt from the pilot testing of provincial government engagement in nationwide implementation of CDD.
In Aug 2015, ADB has approved an additional financing of $750,000 from the Typhoon Yolanda Multi-Donor Trust Fund (TYMTF) to fund community livelihood projects under KC-NCDDP. The additional financing was provided to: (i) refine DSWD's policy and procedures to provide sustainable livelihood support under KC-NCDDP; (ii) enhance existing operational guidelines to improve the implementation of sustainable livelihood subprojects; (iii) enhance the capacity of stakeholders to undertake CDD; (iv) selectively fund innovative, sustainable livelihood initiatives under CDD such as enterprise training and surveys.
The TA implementation period is extended until 31 December 2016.
|Description of Project Outputs
1. Options for improved policy and institutional framework for implementing NCDDP identified
2. Options for strengthened resource allocation, funds flow, and accountability mechanisms identified
3. Enhanced capacities of stakeholders in the provinces
4. Supported pilot-testing of NCDDP design elements related to PLGU engagement
5. Increased uptake of NCDDP community livelihood subprojects
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1 has supported the provision of technical inputs that defined the strategic roles of provinces in local development and their participation in the implementation of KC-NCDDP in light of the existing national government programs on improving governance performance. An issue paper was prepared and discussed with the EA, which contributed to the design of pilot testing of PLGU engagement, required capacity building for PLGUs, and initial identification of pilot provinces. This output supported the dialogues of the EA with local chief executives of pilot PLGUs, provincial consultations, and technical discussions with the EA on PLGU engagement process and implementing structure. As requested by the EA, this output supported knowledge sharing on good practices and lessons learnt for strengthening the implementation, convergence, and sustainability of key social development programs of the EA, namely, the KC-NCDDP, sustainable livelihood program (SLP), and conditional cash transfer program (Pantawid).
Output 2 generated options and advice for improving financial management arrangements under KC-NCDDP, including fiduciary arrangements for channeling Project grants to communities. It assisted the EA in identifying fund flow mechanism for KC-NCDDP by formulating fund flow options. It also provided options and advice on designing the required LCC of covered municipalities by examining the capacity of municipalities to mobilize LCC for KC-NCDDP and bottom-up budgeting program of national government. The output supported further due diligence on the Project, which produced financial management assessment and risk assessment and management plan. To support the institutionalization of participatory planning and budgeting processes and rationalize resource allocation, the Mission and the EA agreed to prepare brief policy notes on 4-5 topics related to integration and harmonization of CDD in local government processes and relevant national government programs. The policy notes are expected to be completed before end of 2015.
Output 3 aims to provide institutional support to establish mechanisms for facilitation and technical support to PLGUs and communities during the transition phase of KC-NCDDP implementation. Training of selected PLGUs (non-pilot) for KC-NCDDP was not carried out under the TA as it will depend on the results of the pilot testing of PLGU engagement in KC-NCDDP, and will require enrolment process. Nonetheless, the TA supported the capacity building of key technical staff of pilot PLGUs through trainings, workshops, and learning exchange on CDD processes. As an initial result of the pilot testing, one of the pilot PLGUs (Albay Province) signed a memorandum of agreement with the EA in Q4 2014 for its involvement in the implementation of KC-NCDDP in the province. Related to this output, the TA supported regional advocacy activities which facilitated the enrolment of target municipalities in KC-NCDDP and generated awareness on the program among Yolanda-affected provinces, civil society organizations, humanitarian/ international organizations, and representatives from selected communities.
Output 4 supports the pilot testing of KC-NCDDP design elements, which aims to identify areas wherein PLGU engagement can leverage its resources to complement and optimize CDD benefits. Currently, the pilot testing is in its final stage of implementation in Albay and Compostela Valley, which are still implementing subproject grants provided by the national government in February 2014 using the mechanisms for selecting and allocating subproject grants under the KALAHI CIDSS project (e.g., the municipal inter-barangay forum). The Mission noted the commitment of both provinces to complete their respective subprojects by end of March 2015. Although some subprojects may slide to June 2015, it will not require extension of services of project staff beyond March 2015 as the remaining activities will focus on progress monitoring of only one or two subprojects per province, which can be performed by the province in coordination with the EA's regional office.
Output 5 will be supported by the additional financing. The TA has been extended to cover the delivery of this output.