Speaker Martin Romualdez on Monday assured visiting United Nations officials of the firm commitment of the House of Representatives for the passage of the National Evaluation Policy bill and other proposals in support of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the UN in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030, all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
“The House of Representatives is fully dedicated to supporting the enactment of the National Evaluation Policy Bill and other legislative initiatives aimed at realizing the 2030 SDGs,” said Romualdez.
The Speaker gave the assurance during the courtesy call of officials from UN agencies, including Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, Unicef Country Representative to the Philippines; Xavier Foulquier, Unicef Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation chief; Charl Andrew Bautista, UN Population Fund Project Coordinator; and Jose Nicomedes Castillo, UNFPA Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst.
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 the visiting officials.
House Bill 4000, or An Act Establishing a National Evaluation Policy, seeks to strengthen the legal and organizational framework for the regular conduct of monitoring and evaluation of the results of public policies, programs, projects and other forms of government intervention intended to promote sustainable development.
Romualdez has endorsed the proposed measure to the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) for inclusion in the list of priority legislations.
The establishment of a National Evaluation Policy will help determine the proper implementation of the country’s policies and programs to achieve and support good governance.
“Our commitment extends beyond the confines of a single bill. The House of Representatives is eager to actively engage with and support various legislative measures that align with the SDGs,” Romualdez said.
“By working collaboratively with our counterparts and stakeholders, we aim to create a legislative framework aligned with the policy direction of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that promotes inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and social progress,” he added.