COTABATO CITY (Feb 17) – The Department of Public Works and Highways – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) becomes the first agency in the Philippines to accept Dynamic Response Intelligent Monitoring System (DRIMS) equipments from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a turn-over ceremony on February 16, 2016 at the Office of Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa M. Alamia.

DPWH-ARMM Regional Secretary Don Mustapha Loong with Director Danilo Ong, Chief of Planning Division received the equipment which consists of a laptop, GPS, accelerometer, and road monitor from Mr. Naoyuki Ochiai, Chief Cotabato Project Office, and Mr. Shu Nishimaru, Project Coordinator of JICA.

The system (or equipment provides for a system which) establishes a road maintenance cycle using International Roughness Index (IRI) – an index for qualitative evaluation of road surface to enable a more efficient road maintenance, budget planning, and work programming for repair requirements which will improve the maintenance management capacity of roads and bridges in ARMM.

The use of this system allows for transparent and accountable project management and implementation in ARMM that can make baseline data readily available. The photos, videos and GPS data will allow the Regional Office to counter-check actual projects undertaken in the field, thus ensuring the program of works prepared and submitted by District Engineering Offices is within the actual data scope.

This makes DPWH-ARMM more equipped with advanced technology that promotes efficiency, transparency and accountability, in addition to the existent e-ARMM.

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