Gov’t projects must be visible online: infra official

MANILA Build, Build, Build Committee chairperson Anna Mae You Lamentillo has reiterated the need for government projects to be visible online, as more Filipinos are expected to be online and surf the worldwide web this year.

"We predict that in 2018, 70 million Filipinos will actually be online. Government projects have to be online, too," Lamentillo said in a speech during the National Information Convention in Davao on Monday.

Lamentillo cited the country currently has 69 million internet users, who are also active in using social media accounts, while emphasizing half of searches for government projects occur online.

She said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which leads the Build, Build, Build committee, has partnered with private firms to launch billboards in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao to showcase the projects of the Duterte administration.

Build Build Build is the Duterte administration's biggest infrastructure push in Philippine history to propel economic growth in the next five-and-a-half years.

Lamentillo said the DPWH has been all out in utilizing drone monitoring and satellite technology in monitoring the government's infrastructure projects, to avoid ghost projects.

In November 2017, the DPWH has launched a geographic information system employing geo-tagging technology, which would detect ghost projects real time.

The DPWH's Infra-Track App plots photos submitted for monitoring in the exact geographic coordinates where it was taken.

System automatically alerts us when a project is misreported from a different location.

She urged government communicators to be accountable to the public as we share solutions to the daily challenges of Filipinos.

It is important that they understand our key messages and how this will pave the way for a more comfortable life for all, she said.

Government communication has to change. Undoubtedly there has been noise about the Duterte administration. But what is clear is that this government has the will to get things done now, and fast," said Lamentillo.

Around 1,800 information officers and other people are attending the event, which runs from Feb. 19 to 21.

The "Build, Build, Build" program includes projects, such as the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway Project, Mega Manila Subway, Mindanao Railway and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority Smart City Solutions. It targets to address challenges in employment, traffic, and inflation.

The projects, estimated to cost PHP8.4 trillion, are targeted to be completed from 2017-2022.

Source: Philippine News Agency