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Diokno: Project DIME is game-changing

December 19, 2018 - Wednesday 2:12 PM by Lovely Carillo

The South Pacific Golf and Leisure Estate Davao has the stamp of excellence as it was designed by Arnold Palmer, one of the world’s greatest golfers. Disturbing even one of the holes of the golf course will destroy its beauty. The golf course, frequented not only by locals but also by Japanese and other foreign tourists, is one of the properties that will be affected by the Mindanao Railway System-Davao Segment if the project proponent insists on implementing the original design. LOVELY CARILLO

The implementation of “Project DIME” will not only ensure the efficient implementation of projects by the concerned government agencies but also ensure that every dime of the people’s money is spent well.

“Project DIME is especially necessary in overseeing projects in far-flung areas wherein in-person physical inspection would prove difficult”  Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno said in his keynote speech during the first Project DIME Forum at the Ayuntamiento de Manila Thursday.

Project DIME is one of the key reforms being implemented by the DBM

to assist the implementing agencies in their provision of programs, activities, and projects.

It monitors selected high-value government projects by comparing fund utilization with physical accomplishment using Digital Data for Imaging Technologies (DDIT) such as drones, Lidars, and satellites.

With Project DIME, he said, documentary evidence is no longer enough, actual photographic evidence of physical accomplishments will be needed.

Diokno described it as a “game-changing project” intended to send a message to the implementing agencies that the budget agency is looking over their shoulder in the delivery of their projects.

He said he is optimistic that Project DIME “will succeed and continue to be implemented in the future.”

The first Project DIME Forum was held for the implementing agencies to share their experiences in the delivery of public services, familiarize themselves with the latest DDIT, and to provide feedback on the performance of the monitoring project.