Duration: April - June 2023
In March 2012, the Government of the Philippines (GOP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement for implementing the Forestland Management Project (FMP), a ten-year Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and JICA. The Project aimed to strengthen and improve the forestland management within the identified 24 sub-watersheds in three critical river basins (Upper Magat and Cagayan, Upper Pampanga, and Jalaur) through the collaborative and holistic implementation of comprehensive and sustainable forest management activities. The Project also encouraged both participation and capacitation of local communities and/or People Organizations (POs), the DENR, Local Government Units (LGUs), and other stakeholders, in implementing community-based forest management strategies, improving forest conservation and socio-economic conditions of upland dwellers, contributing to disaster risk mitigation efforts in vulnerable areas, and ensuring that the Project interventions and decision-making activities include various genders’ perspectives.
Now on its final year, a terminal evaluation is going to be conducted. Terminal evaluation is intended for improving “effectiveness of ODA funded projects”. Terminal evaluation of JICA-supported projects adopts the Result Based Management (RBM) strategy, which focuses on indicator-based monitoring and evaluation tools to measure the performance and achievement of projects based on outputs, outcomes, and impacts. True to all ending or terminating donor-funded projects such as the FMP, the guidelines recommend is the use of the Development Assistance Committees’ (DAC) criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact in the evaluation.