Project Cost: PhP 4 million

Project Duration: 12 months (January 9, 2018 – January 4, 2019)

Consultant: FREEDOM, Inc.

Background and Rationale of the Project
  1. Contracting Authority

The General Appropriations Act has allocated the amount of more than PhP200 million for the conduct of evaluation and impact studies to be administered by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Thus, the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) Caraga submitted a proposal for the Impact Assessment of Lower Agusan Development Project- Flood Control Component (FCC), which was implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), for consideration under said Fund.

For this Terms of Reference (TOR), the said NRO shall be the Executing Agency and Contracting Party (First Party). The conduct of impact study is consistent with NEDA’s mandate and falls under one of its major final outputs, which is monitoring and evaluation. The study is considered a priority because the identified project has been implemented to address problems that result from frequent and pervasive flooding episodes in the regional center, Butuan City.

  1. Relevant Country/Sector Context

The national government in its earlier Philippine Development Plan (PDP) in 1987 gave importance to the construction of flood control structures to prevent damage and losses in flood-prone areas in the country. In the PDP 2011-2016, flood control projects support Goal 3 (enhanced resilience of natural systems and improved adaptive capacities of human communities to cope with environmental hazards including climate-related risks), and the objectives in Chapter 10 (Conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment and natural resources). Moreover, establishing resilient and safe communities is an integral component of Caraga’s regional development framework. Under Chapter 9 of the Revised Caraga Regional Development Plan 2013-2016, flood control projects are identified as priority projects that will contribute to the achievement of Goal 3, which is “resilience of natural systems enhanced with improved adaptive capacities of human communities.” To mitigate the impact of flooding episodes in Butuan City, the Lower Agusan Development Project (LADP) was implemented so that development and economic activities in the area are no longer interrupted or disrupted.

  1. Related Project/Programs and Other Donor Activities

To enable the national government to come up with evidence-based decisions on the design and implementation of similar flood control projects in the region or in other parts of the country in the future, which may be funded by national funds or official development assistance, there is a need to conduct an impact assessment of the LADP (FCC) given the scope of said project and the value of the investment of the government.

Objectives and Expected Outputs
  • Overall Objective of the Study

The objective of the proposal under this TOR is to conduct an impact assessment of the LADP (FCC). The study shall cover measurement of impact of LADP (FCC) and establishment of database of quantifiable accomplishments based on the targets of the project and analysis of the socioeconomic gains of Butuan City and vicinity as a result of the project’s existence.  

  • Expected Output of the Study

By the end of the contract period under this TOR, the Consultancy Provider is expected to produce a comprehensive final report of the impact assessment and policy brief based on relevant issues generated in the study. The final report shall contain, among others, results and discussion, conclusion and recommendations.

  • Specific Outputs

Specific outputs to be delivered by the Consultancy include the following:

  • (a) Inception Report,
  • (b) Interim Report,
  • (c) Draft Assessment Report,
  • (d) Final Impact Assessment Report,
  • (e) Policy Briefs, (
  • f) Training on Survey, Data Organization, Modelling, and Interpretation,
  • (g) Stakeholders’ consultation, and Process Documentation.

The NRO shall be furnished with the printed and electronic copies of the above mentioned deliverables/reports, including all necessary tables and figures to facilitate and expedite complete review of the submissions.

Scope of Work

General Scope of Works

The scope of works of the Consultancy Provider under this TOR shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Conduct an inventory of quantifiable indicators in the attainment of project objectives of LADP, to wit: (a) extent of flood wall constructed as flood control system, (b) total stock of flood control facilities, (d) number of households benefitting from the flood control system, and (e) economic gains of agricultural, industrial and commercial establishments.
  • Determine the benefits and gains (both planned and unplanned) and impacts (intended and unintended, with and without the project, and before and after implementation) of the project to the target beneficiaries in terms of freedom from (a) flooding disturbance, (b) flood-related mortality, (c) flood- related agricultural losses, (d) flood-related business losses, and (e) effects of flooding to men, women and children.
  • Appraise the effectiveness of the sustainability mechanisms that were put in place during the planning and implementation stages through data from (a) periodic monitoring of the installed flood control system, (b) feedback from communities affected by flooding, (c) DRRMO quarterly reports on social and economic losses, and (d) maintenance and operation of the facility.
  • Identify and validate innovative approaches and strategies including lessons learned during project implementation that can be adopted in the design and implementation of similar or related interventions in the future in terms of (a) project planning, (b) project implementation, (c) project monitoring and evaluation, (d) project turnover to legally recognized group/s for sustainability, and (e) project operation and maintenance.
    • Identify gaps in the flood control projects in the target areas
    • Recommend programs and projects that will address the gaps identified.
  • Comparative assessment of the change in land use/land use area affected (for rice, settlement areas and other land use) as it relates to the effectiveness of the project now. Other environmental impact indicators for comparison include population density of the affected/influenced area, flood damage (after the project), the incidence of water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis, among others
  • At the minimum, adopt other technical-scientific methods as may be applicable to gather primary data relevant to the study, conduct surveys, focused group discussions (FGD) and key informant interviews (KII).
  • Conduct trainings on Survey, Data Organization, Modelling and Interpretation to capacitate NEDA Caraga Staff and conduct Stakeholders’ Forum.
  • Accommodate staff from NRO Caraga as observer with oversight function for technology transfer and monitoring purposes. Except for payment of remuneration, the Consulting Firm shall shoulder all expenses attendant to their assigned tasks such as travel, accommodation, and others.