Project DIME, or “Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation,” started monitoring 13 big-ticket programs since the project was launched in March 2018. One such program is the P6.2 billion allocation for the 119 projects to construct/improve access roads leading to seaports and airports of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Monitoring the progress of completion of these concrete roadways until their eventual use is crucial in the provision of ease in the movement of people between urban centers and maritime and air facilities as well as in ensuring the efficient transport of goods and materials.
As of August 30, 3018, the program has reported an 88.2 percent movement of projects equivalent to 105 projects out of 119 total projects already ongoing, including 11 seaport projects already completed. In terms of financial utilization, the program has reported some 89.6 percent obligation of allotments issued and 25.0 percent disbursement of the obligated funds.
One of the access roads to seaports is the 2-kilometer BOMEDCO Transloading Road at Medellin, Cebu, which will ease congestion leading to the Maya RoRo Port. With a cost of PhP 23 million, the project will convert the paved road to a concrete one. The construction started in of this year and as of , over 95% of the road project has been completed.
Sample satellite images of this project in Region VII was provided by the Department of Science and Technology, our partner in these monitoring efforts, including the dates they were taken.
As of February 22, 2018, from gravel road
As of August 20, 2018, to concrete road
Access Roads to Airports
Project DIME is also monitoring the construction of a 5-kilometer New Ibajay - Mabini - Sandoval gravel access road to Taytay Airport in Palawan. The project, which costs PhP 65.8 million, started in of this year. As of , the project has been completed.
Included below are satellite images of the project and the respective dates they were taken.
As of January 31, 2018, from dirt road
As of August 28, 2018, to gravel road
Project DIME is one of the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) key reforms to implement the management side of its mandate to ensure that every dime of the people’s money is spent well and to assist the implementing agencies in their provision of programs, activities, and projects. Initial steps have already been made with the use of technologies available in DOST such as the use of satellites and geo-tagging applications. This is especially necessary in far-flung areas wherein in-person physical inspection would prove difficult.