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post Mar 11 2003, 02:23 PM
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Hello guys.

I got this article from Inquirer. The gist is that the ADB is dismayed over the poor performance of its projects in Phil compared to the performance of other projects of ASEAN nations.

ADB-funded Philippine gov't
projects slowest in ASEAN
Posted: 0:28 AM (Manila Time) | Mar. 11, 2003
By Doris C. Dumlao
Inquirer News Service

$5.9B in loans

THE ASIAN Development Bank is dismayed over the poor performance of its projects in the Philippines over the last two decades, as only 31 percent were successful compared with the 70-percent success rate in the 11-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The ADB lent the Philippines a total of 5.9 billion dollars for 86 projects in 1986-2001. Only 36 projects were completed.

Citing a report on Philippine programs, ADB officials said Monday that the bank's lending program had not made a major impact on economic growth or poverty reduction due to the low success rate of most of its projects.

"The Philippine performance comes out rather less well than its neighbors. So, what we need to do is to work diligently on all the many facets of the portfolio performance to try and get it up to that mark," ADB country director Thomas Crouch told reporters.

"The Philippines should aspire to be as good as or better than its neighbors and intrinsically, there is no reason why it should be able to do that," he said.

A project is "successful" when its expected purpose and goals have been achieved sustainably, the ADB said.

Of the 36 projects completed and post-evaluated in 1986-2001, roughly one-third were rated generally successful, said Vladimir Bohun, ADB director general for operations evaluation. Another one-third were considered partly successful, and the last third unsuccessful.

"This was a sharp deterioration against the pre-1986 period and an inferior performance vis-a-vis Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand that were exposed to similar external shocks during the review period," Bohun reported.

The worst performance was recorded in the 1980s, when 10 of the 12 unsuccessful projects were completed, although some improvement was noted staring the 1990s.

"In most of the recent years, there was a negative resource transfer. Project performance has been disappointing," Bohun said.

Crouch said it was not an issue of throwing more dollars at the Philippines "as one of the problems of the portfolio is that the repayments over the last few years have been exceeding the disbursement we have been making."

Crouch said a major reason for the problems was the poor capacity of executing agencies and line departments to absorb ADB assistance.

The reasons for the low success rate ranged from frequent internal and external shocks that the Philippine economy experienced to more project-specific constraints such as poor design and different types of implementation problems.

Aside from absorptive capacity constraints, the ADB cited other problems:

Lack of time for actions that require legislation

Complicated land acquisition and procurement policies and procedures

Lack of counterpart funds that slows down the disbursement of ADB funds

Inadequate project personnel in both number and capability

Lack of institutional and financial capacity, especially of local government units, to undertake projects


The ADB also said the projects were poorly implemented because of corruption.

These problems were further compounded by the changing composition of the ADB loan portfolio, which shifted to policy-based lending from project lending, according to the study.

The ADB report said internal and external economic shocks should also share some of the blame for the poor portfolio performance.

"Unlike its high-performing neighbors, the Philippines adopted for a long time an inward-looking development strategy that emphasized import substitution and capital-intensive industrialization, much to the neglect of its comparative advantage in labor-intensive industries, " a summary of the ADB's portfolio report said.

The Philippines only started opening up its economy in the 1990s, when most of the improvements in the portfolio performance started.

"In addition, it failed to nurture economic institutions that were crucial for economic success," the report said.

The bank also noted that the Philippines had suffered from a long string of adverse external shocks such as the global oil crises of 1973 and 1979, the world debt crisis of 1982, the Gulf War in 1991 and the Asian currency crisis of 1997.

"We are also not satisfied with our (ADB's) own performance. We are trying to take measures to improve the performance," Bohun said, noting that a Philippine country office had been established two years ago.

The country's success ratio also fared way below the 51-percent average for ADB's overall lending. While the Philippine portfolio accounts for about 10 percent of all post-evaluated projects for the period, it was responsible for 24 percent of all unsuccessful projects, mostly in the agriculture and natural resources sector.

"The ability of ADB to provide effective assistance in the future will depend on its capacity to deepen its relationships with the broader society beyond the government -- the nongovernmental organizations, other elements of civil society, women's groups and ethnic minorities," the ADB report said.

The Philippines is the ADB's biggest borrower among developing member countries for the private sector and the fifth largest for public sector programs
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