The Fast Tracking of the Approval Process for Project Proposals Requiring RDC VI Endorsement is a service improvement initiative implemented to streamline the submission and review process to the Regional Development Council VI (RDC VI) in Western Visayas. The objective is to fast-track the approval process of projects requiring RDC VI endorsement, resulting in a more convenient and efficient process. The main challenge identified was the productivity gaps that caused delays in the review process. To solve this, RDC VI came up with Online System for Reviewing Project Proposals, which includes cloud storage of documents for review, web-based assessment of completeness of project proposal documents, reference documents, checklist of requirements, process flow and guide, and forms and templates.
The Fast Tracking of the Approval Process for Project Proposals Requiring RDC VI Endorsement addresses the delay caused by the manual review and approval process for project proposals that require endorsement from the Regional Development Council (RDC). The traditional process is plagued with bottlenecks and wastes, such as delays caused by incomplete documents, unfamiliarity with the review process, and scheduling conflicts. The process also tends to waste resources as RDC VI staff have to spend time and financial resources preparing proposal documents, which can be rejected due to missing requirements.
The proposed online system aims to streamline the process by providing cloud storage of documents for review, a web-based assessment tool for checking the completeness of project proposal documents, and a reference checklist of requirements, forms, and templates. This solution aims to make the review process more efficient and convenient, thereby reducing wasted time and resources in preparing and reviewing project proposal documents. The system’s implementation will complement the agency’s technical and advisory services, and its success can be replicated in other NEDA Regional Offices.
The Fast Tracking of the Approval Process for Project Proposals Requiring RDC VI Endorsement offers several solutions to address the productivity challenges in project evaluation and development. One of the most innovative features of this project is the development of an online interactive tool that streamlines the submission and review process of project proposals. The tool is designed to be accessible, user-friendly, and updated with the latest information. Its user-friendly interface and simple language aim to assist proponents in preparing shovel-ready project proposals.
The project also aims to increase the submission of project proposals by providing a faster and more efficient approval process. By reducing the time required for project review and approval, proponents can focus on other critical aspects of their projects, such as implementation and monitoring.
The online tool also improves project monitoring and evaluation of approved projects. It provides a platform where proponents can easily update the progress of their projects and make any necessary adjustments to ensure their success.
The project goals include creating a streamlined process for the submission and review of project proposals documents requiring RDC approval or endorsement. The project team will test the online tool’s user-friendliness, clarity of the language used, and completeness of required information to ensure its effectiveness.
Productivity Gains, Outcomes, and Impact
The Fast Tracking of the Approval Process for Project Proposals Requiring RDC VI Endorsement has resulted in several measurable productivity gains and outcomes. The online interactive tool has streamlined the submission and review process of project proposals, resulting in a significant reduction in processing time. The tool’s user-friendly interface has made it easier for proponents to submit shovel-ready project proposals, resulting in an increase in the number of proposals submitted. The system’s accessibility has allowed proponents from various sectors to submit their proposals without the need to travel to the NEDA Regional Office.
Since the implementation of the online tool, there has been a 50 percent reduction in the processing time for project proposals requiring RDC approval or endorsement. The average processing time has been reduced from 60 to 30 days. This has resulted in faster approval of projects and implementation, resulting in improved project outcomes and increased economic activity in the region.
In addition to reducing processing time, the online tool has improved the quality of submitted project proposals. The tool’s design principles, including user-friendliness and clarity of language, have made it easier for proponents to submit complete and comprehensive proposals, resulting in fewer delays due to missing information.
The intended beneficiaries of the Fast Tracking of the Approval Process for Project Proposals Requiring RDC VI Endorsement are local government units, national government and regional offices, state universities and colleges, the business sector, and civil society. These beneficiaries have seen significant improvements in the approval and implementation of projects, resulting in increased economic activity and improved quality of life in the region.
Lessons Learned and Challenges in Implementing the Intervention
Some potential areas of improvement for the Fast Tracking of the Approval Process for Project Proposals Requiring RDC VI Endorsement include addressing the challenges of access to the internet and lack of information dissemination to potential users. To address these challenges, there may be a need for targeted information campaigns to promote the availability and benefits of the online tool, as well as explore alternative modes of service delivery for those who prefer offline transactions. Additionally, data privacy concerns may need to be addressed to ensure the tool’s security and user trust.
Another potential area of improvement is the need to build technical capabilities among staff responsible for developing and maintaining the online tool. This may involve training or hiring staff with the necessary technical skills to ensure the tool is effectively managed and sustained over time. The absence of a focal staff member to manage the programs is a challenge that must be addressed to ensure accountability and effective program management.
RDC Project Endorsement Process. National Economic Development Authority Region V. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2023, from https://nro5.neda.gov.ph/rdc-project-endoresment-process/