The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) successfully held the 1st KOICA ODA Evaluation Seminar on August 27, 2013 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Manila. The seminar was attended by Korean Minister and Consul General MIN Kyong Ho, KOICA Resident Representative SONG Minhyeon, PhilForest President Erwin Krishna Santos, TESDA XI Regional Director Gaspar Gayona, Cavite Provincial Health Officer George Repique Jr, and Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias.
The Evaluation Seminar presented an overview of KOICA’s development projects in the Philippines and its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. It was also an opportunity for project partners like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) XI and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to present the evaluation process and results of KOICA-funded projects such as the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center (KPVTC) Davao and the Rice Processing Complexes (RPCs) in the Philippines.
In his message, Minister and Consul General MIN recognized the importance of Official Development Assistance (ODA). “This seminar is a fitting opportunity for us to interact with our development partners and to assess the efficacy of our grant aid program in the Philippines through a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). As laid down in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, we are committed to uphold the five (5) core principles of ownership, harmonization, alignment, results and mutual accountability,” he said.
KOICA Resident Representative SONG noted the importance of using a monitoring and evaluation tool for project implementation and to enhance project effectiveness.
KOICA’s partners from the agriculture, health, vocational training and infrastructure sectors expressed appreciation over the holding of the seminar and called for a regular undertaking of such activity in the future.