Monitoring developments in emergency situations can provide crucial information for the government to improve crisis response and decision-making in the short and long term, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reiterated in a recent forum.
“In emergencies, providing credible and useful information is imperative in order to ensure accountability and the incorporation of lessons learned into the decision-making process,” Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said in a statement read by NEDA Deputy Director General Rolando Tungpalan during the 4th M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) Network Philippines Forum held on November 13 in Pasig City.
Balisacan, who is also the NEDA director-general, stressed that the final aim is always to improve future interventions, while lessening the need for the same by building back better.
The NEDA chief also pointed out the importance of determining the efficiency and effectiveness of government interventions to assess if the resources used and the efforts exerted have truly helped the affected population.
“It is necessary to ensure that interventions are not only making an impact, but are making an impact for the long term and for all Filipinos,” he said.
To aid the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of the public and private sectors, NEDA has produced the Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), which was published in December 2013 and a follow-up document, RAY Implementation for Results (RAY I4R) published in September this year.
NEDA noted that RAY provided a preliminary assessment of damage, loss, and needs following Yolanda. It also outlined the way forward, including core principles and institutional arrangements for short- to medium-term response.