OVERVIEW OF PCMC
The establishment of PCMCs is an initiative of Provincial & Local Level Services Monitoring Authority (PLLSMA), supported by the Sub National Strategy within the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DPGLA).
PCMCs are established under Section 110 of the Organic Law as Provincial Inspectorates to undertake the functions of PLLSMA in the Provinces. Legislative Backing is provided in Section 74 (1) Functions of Provincial Administrator (e) shall coordinate and monitor the roles and functions of the National Departments and agencies and Section 80 also confirms the Authority of Provincial Administrators to supervise and direct all staff, including those of national departments (except law enforcement agencies) engaged at Provincial and Local Levels.
Whilst PLLSMA concentrates on the implementation of National policies, the PCMCs concentrate on programs and activities in the Provinces that translate the implementation of those policies to enhance service delivery. Key target groups are national sector agency representatives based in provinces, provincial sector managers and relevant non-government organizations that are involved in service delivery in the provinces. Download a PCMCs template to read more about PCMCs.
OBJECTIVES & FUNCTIONS OF PCMCS
The main objective of PCMC is the coordination and monitoring of national government policy implementation at provincial and local level by:
- Bringing together all service delivery agencies within a Province, both government and non-government to facilitate coordinated planning, budgeting and implementation of approved programs.
- Providing a forum to discuss plans, funding, constraints and implementation issues.
- Facilitate performance monitoring of service delivery activities based on selected development standards for each sector.
PCMC MEMBERSHIP AND STRUCTURE
The PCMC includes representatives from all major service providers and agencies involved in delivering services in the province covering Health, Education, Agriculture, Transport & Works, Law & Justice, NBC, HIV & AIDS, NGOs, Women’s Organizations, CIS, Fire Services, Council of Churches, utilities and others.
The Provincial Administrator may choose to nominate preferred agencies to comprise the committee with invitations extended to other agencies when required.
Sectoral sub-committee is an optional structure. Some provinces for example the Central Province had adapted this initiative saying the coordination and monitoring of PCMC is made more efficient and effective by the initiatve. The sub-committees may elect to meet regularly and discus priorites, set targets and indicators of performance, exchange activity plans and budgets, prepare quarterly progress reports, discuss implementation issues or changes in priorities and present a combined report to PCMC.
All the members of the PCMC in the province should provide full information on their policies and priorities and the budgetary allocation for the year during the first quarter meeting. This information will be helpful for coordination and monitoring of the PCMC annual operation. The Provincial Administrator should also provide information to the PCMC members regarding provincial policies , priorities, program and funding for each priority sector.
BENEFITS AND OUTCOMES
Establishment of PCMCs will promote increased accountability for service delivery, improved monitoring and a greater understanding of the status of services across sectors within a province.
Some outcomes noted in the province using the PCMCs are:
- Madang – improving Staff Housing for Law & Justice Sector
- Sundaun – extension of Vanimo airport for F100, improving of banking and postal services
- Milne Bay – improving power and water supply, road maintenance etc..
- Central – focus on the implementation of the District 5 Year Development Plans.
- East New Britain – working in partnership with National Agencies to implement the identified provincial development priorities.
There will be more impact result if PCMC members and other service delivery stakeholders are serious to use PCMC.