The NSRS Program Review is a joint initiative of BLE, IAS, and FMS which serves as platform in assessing if the project is properly implemented. It is a series of visits which will be conducted in selected Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Offices (ROs), Field Offices (FOs), PESOs, and Barangays. The activity aims to assess the compliance of project implementers to the implementing procedures of the Project, to validate utilization of funds vis-a-vis funding allocated to the regions, and to identify possible bottlenecks that hinder efficient implementation of the Project.

“Project implementers find the NSRS Project very useful as machinery for employment facilitation. The information captured through the Skills Registry System (SRS) aids them and policy-makers in creating sound labor and employment plan. It also helps them in mapping skills in the community level,” BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay said.

Major findings include glitches in the system and weak advocacy in some levels. Project implementers visited in the conduct of the review recommended to simplify the NSRS registration form.

“It is through this initiative where I realized the necessity for national program managers to frequently visit local implementers to observe and assess their projects and programs. There are challenges in the ground that program managers at the national level should be aware of,” NSRS Focal Person Miguel Luis Arias said.

The results and major findings of the NSRS Program Review will be presented in the NSRS 4th Wave Implementation National Lessons Learned Workshop on 9-10 October in Quezon City. It will be a venue for NSRS project implementers in the region to share their experiences in implementing the project at their level and an opportunity for the regions to comment on the revised field operations manual and reporting forms of the Project.