Lacson Pushes Web-based Monitoring for Provincial Projects

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson is pushing for Web-based monitoring of the implementation of infrastructure projects at the provincial level, to ensure transparency and efficiency.

Lacson said such a system could take a cue from that being implemented in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which uses apps like Google Maps.

โ€œI would suggest (that this be implemented at the) provincial level. Provincial governments should replicate the ARMMโ€™s map-based solution,โ€ Lacson, who authored Senate Bill 40 seeking to implement budget reform by downloading resources to local governments, said at a Senate hearing.

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This way, Lacson said provincial governments can ensure their constituents are informed and updated on the progress of infrastructure projects.

A Web-based monitoring system is included in Senate Bill 40, Lacsonโ€™s bill that seeks budget reforms by ensuring that resources from the national government are downloaded to the local government units.

Under Senate Bill 40, which was discussed in Mondayโ€™s hearing, the Web-based monitoring systems will be set up to monitor and evaluate programs funded by the local development funds.

An initial P100 million will be appropriated for such a system.

Information accessible to the public may include funding/cost, location, contractor, progress status, number of beneficiaries, date of completion and responsible government official, of the PAPs shall be disclosed.