Mobile app launched to publicly monitor gov’t infra projects

Metro BLISTT

BAGUIO CITY — A mobile application was launched by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to serve as monitoring and feedback mechanism of infrastructure projects being implemented in the locality.

The app, called Development LIVE (DevLIVE), was introduced by DILG in the Cordillera Administrative Region on September 10, 2019 and is being promoted as part of the launching of the agency’s open government and participatory governance campaign “Dagyaw”, following the traditional format of townhall meetings.

DILG Assistant Secretary Roosque Calacat explained the DevLIVE app can be downloaded for free from Google Play or Apple Store similar to other social media applications.

He said DevLIVE was developed thru the partnership of DILG with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to serve as a monitoring and feedback tool for the public, the LGUs, CSOs and government personnel for a timely monitoring of government funded infrastructure projects.

Users of DevLIVE app can take photographs of irregularities on infrastructure projects and send a report or feedback to the government with anonymity.

Users may also view government projects in their locality using the built-in map as well as the project list wherein satisfaction of projects implemented may be logged on the app.

“We hope to heighten community involvement in improving needs-based programs and projects in the community using this technology,” Calacat said.

Meanwhile, DILG Director Marlo Iringan said listening to the people’s pulse through face-to-face interaction is still very important while technology trends are being utilized in government operations, thus the launching of the Dagyaw campaign alongside the DevLIVE app.

“Direct interaction improves delivery of public services when people sit down and come up with solutions,” Iringan said.

The Dagyaw, a Hiligaynon term meaning “Bayanihan” is being rolled out by the DILG in all 16 regions of the country aiming to provide platform for the public to clarify “issues of the day” and raise local concerns through direct interfacing with senior government officials.

It also aims to provide venue for citizens to access a one-stop-shop of frontline services and national program down to the region.

Inputs gathered during the meeting will be included in the creation of the Philippine Open Government partnership (PH-OGP) National Action Plan for 2019-2021.

Jessa Mardy Samidan, PIO-Baguio