The leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday assured United Nations officials of its unwavering commitment to passing the National Evaluation Policy Bill and other legislation aligned with the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez conveyed this commitment during a courtesy call by UN representatives, including Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, UNICEF Country Representative to the Philippines; Xavier Foulquier, Chief of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (UNICEF); Charl Andrew Bautista, UN Population Fund (UNPFA) Project Coordinator; and Jose Nicomedes Castillo, UNFPA Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst.
Romualdez emphasized the House’s dedication to supporting the National Evaluation Policy Bill and other legislative initiatives geared towards realizing the ambitious 2030 SDGs, a universal call to action adopted by the UN in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all by 2030.
The UN officials requested an audience with the Speaker to, among others, express their support for evidence-based policymaking, including capacity building on evaluation, budgeting for policy implementation, and evidence generation, as well as the passage of the National Evaluation Policy Bill.
“We recognize the critical role of robust evaluation mechanisms in shaping effective policies and programs. A comprehensive and systematic approach to evaluation will not only enhance the efficiency of government initiatives but also ensure transparency and accountability in our pursuit of sustainable development,” Romualdez told UN officials.
House Bill 4000, titled An Act Establishing a National Evaluation Policy, aims to fortify the legal and organizational framework for the regular monitoring and evaluation of public policies, programs, projects, and government interventions promoting sustainable development.
Romualdez has endorsed this proposed measure with the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) for prioritization among legislative agendas.
The establishment of a national evaluation policy is expected to facilitate the proper implementation of the country’s policies and programs, contributing to good governance. Moreover, it will play a crucial role in assessing the effectiveness and sustainability of national development goals.
A parallel measure, HB 5181, titled “An Act Institutionalizing a Results-Based National Evaluation Policy,” has also been filed in the House.