SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said the House of Representatives will continue to pursue programs and projects for reduction of poverty.
Romualdez said Congress will help achieve the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He made the statement in a speech keynoting the 4th Asia-Pacific Evaluation Association conference, which the House of Representatives is hosting.
Asian parliamentarians, including several House members, are participating in the event.
“The House leadership is fully committed to the aspirations of the 4th APEA Conference to institutionalize evidence-based decision-making for national development and the SDGs,” Romualdez told participants.
He said the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, under the leadership of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., for the first time includes the enactment of a National Evaluation Policy (NEP) as a priority.
“This policy is a testament to our commitment to improving governance quality and promoting efficiency in our bureaucratic processes,” he said.
He informed the conference that the House has proposed to include NEP as a “key legislative measure” to be prioritized by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.
“The enactment of this policy will strengthen our legal and institutional framework for conducting regular evaluations of government interventions, fostering a culture of evaluation in the public sector,” the leader of the 300-plus-strong House of Representatives said.
He said the strategy is in line with the country’s international commitments to the United Nations on strengthening national evaluation capacity, serving as a key strategy to achieve the SDGs.