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From L to R: DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, DBM Undersecretary Lilia Guillermo/ Credit: Department of Budget and Management, Philippines

From L to R: DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, DBM Undersecretary Lilia Guillermo/ Credit: Department of Budget and Management, Philippines

Philippines government projects to be monitored using imaging technology and data

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines are collaborating in a program that aims to monitor the status and speed of implementation of government projects, especially those with high value. The program has been titled Project DIME, or "Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation.”

Various technologies developed and acquired by DOST, such as the Open Roads Platform and Geostore, and its expertise on data acquisition will be used in the program.

Examples of technologies that would be used include Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), a remote-sensing technology that uses laser light to create 3-D terrain maps. Airplanes and helicopters are the most commonly used platforms for acquiring LIDAR data over broad areas. Satellites and drones will also be used in the program to cover areas which cannot be monitored through LIDAR.  

In 2017, the two government agencies began an initial monitoring of sample projects including Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)’s National Greening Program, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA)’s National/Communal Irrigation Systems, and the Department of Health (DOH)’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program.

Findings from the monitoring period enabled 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.

DBM has selected the programs and projects that will start to be monitored through Project DIME.

These additions include:

  • Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)'s construction/improvement of access roads leading to seaports and airports (2018 funding- 6.2 billion Pesos; US$1= 52 Peso)
  • Department of Transportation (DoTR)'s North-South Commuter Railway (PNR North) (2018 funding- 16.5 billion Pesos)
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)'s Conditional Cash Transfer Program (2018 funding- 89.4 billion Pesos)
  • Department of Education (DepEd)’s Basic Education Facilities (2018 funding- 105.9 billion Pesos)
  • Commission on Higher Education (CHED)'s Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (2018 funding- 40 billion Pesos)
  • Department of National Defense (DND)'s AFP Modernization Program (2018 funding- 25 billion Pesos)
  • Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)'s Local Governance Performance Management Program (2018 funding- 1 billion Pesos)
  • Department of Agriculture (DA)'s Agricultural Machinery, Equipment, Facilities, and Infrastructures Program (2018 funding- 17 billion Pesos)
  • Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)'s Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Program (2018 funding- 1.7 billion Pesos)
  • Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR)'s National Fisheries Program (2018 funding- 4.2 billion Pesos)

In addition to the above, monitoring of DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program, DENR's National Greening Program, and NIA's National/Communal Irrigation Systems will also be continued. 

Going forward, DBM will add other projects to be monitored, such as those being implemented in disaster-prone areas.

Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno said, “Project DIME will help ensure that every peso allocated to government programs and projects will be used efficiently and effectively.”

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