Sunday, March 11, 2018

Budget department to use drones, satellites to monitor projects, especially those with high value

from the Official Gazette

Manila, Philippines -  The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) collaborated to better monitor the status and hasten the implementation of state projects particularly of high value.
The two government agencies came up with the new idea to be called as “Project DIME” or digital imaging for monitoring and evaluation, to effectively monitor the construction of government projects and guard them against corruption.
Various technologies on data acquisition developed and acquired by DOST will be used in the program that includes Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), Open Roads Platform and Geostore and Geotagging, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said.
He also said, that Satellites and drones will also be used in the program to cover areas which cannot be monitored through LIDAR.
The DBM and DOST began an initial monitoring of sample projects last year, which includes the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ national greening program, and the National Irrigation and Administration’s national/communal irrigation systems and the Department of Health’s health facilities enhancement program was among those other small projects in the initial list.
DBM said in a statement, “Findings from the monitoring period allowed the DBM to evaluate the status of the projects and to come up with a recommendation to continue or discontinue the funding of a project as well as other actions for the improvement of the project,”.
On the other hand, Project DIME will start. monitoring selected programs and projects, including Department of Public Works and Highways’ construction and improvement of access roads leading to seaports and airports, Department of Transportation’s North-South commuter railway, and Depart ment of Social Welfare and Development’s conditional cash transfer program, the department said.
Likewise, Project DIME will monitor the Department of Education’s basic education facilities, Commission on Higher Education’s universal Access to quality tertiary education, and Department of National Defense’s AFP modernization program.
“Project DIME will help ensure that every peso allocated to government programs and projects will be used efficiently and effectively,” Diokno said.