DPWH to Use Geo-Tagging Technology to Weed Out Ghost Projects

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which is considered as one of the most corrupt agencies in the Philippines is now making a move to weed out ghost projects by implementing a new monitoring system to increase transparency as mandate by Pres. Rody Duterte.

Secretary Mark Villar revealed to the media that they will be using a new monitoring system which includes geo-tagging technology to increase transparency and eliminate corruption in the bureaucracy.

Sec. Villar was quoted as saying "We have rolled out the use of Project Contract Management Procedures and Application (PCMA). The new feature would enable the adding of geographic identification data to photos, videos and other posts which allows other content from the same geographic location to be found," Villar said.

The DPWH Secretary added further that by 2017, with the full implementation of the PCMA, the agency expect to detect any ghost project real-time as they are posted in the system.

 The technology-driven initiative by the DPWH as ordered as President Rody Duterte would also serve as an inspection tool to reflect the accomplishments of the department's projects real-time.

President Rody Duterte, during the early days of his administration signed the Freedom of Information Executive Order, which ensure that the public has access to quality information and the system of the DPWH will be used as one of the transparent agency of the Duterte administration.

According to Sec. Villar "the use of geo-tagging will provide a more accurate measurement of project accomplishments and at the same time determine whether certain infrastructures have been duplicated or if there are any instances of infrastructure overlap in the country.

Source: DPWH Official Website

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