“All is in the system, there is no hidden data,” said Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO-ARMM) Executive Director Baintan A. Ampatuan as she described the improved database system of the region during the Orientation on ARMM Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) Database Version 2.0 held at the RPDO-ARMM Conference Room today, November 28, 2016.

Developed by RPDO’s Information and Technology Officers Abdul Rahman Kara and Faizal Mangulamas, the version 2.0 of the RPMES is the region’s improved online system used for systematic consolidation and data repository. It serves as the monitoring and evaluation tool for various programs and projects implemented in ARMM.

“We want a system that’s beneficial to our constituents, a system that encourages ITs in ARMM and a system that supports to attain the President Duterte’s 2040 vision,” said Kara who leads the IT team of the region’s planning and development office.

RPMES is a product of the excellent minds and talents of RPDO IT Officers, confronted by the lack of finances to purchase a commercial software, with the intent to improvise a system that would track and store the monitoring and supervision of the projects implemented in ARMM.

With its second version, RPMES features a more user-friendly Graphic User Interface (GUI) now designed for mobile or tablet compatibility with an amazing responsiveness, better speed performance and a higher level hack-secure system and hosting.

Specific and detailed project data from ARMM line agencies can now be uploaded to the RPMES system, available on web. RPMES features a complete database of all projects implemented and for implementation in the region.

The development of the database system is a great high point for ARMM and its line agencies for it provides program data independence, minimal data redundancy, and enforcement of data standards.

Further it allows improved data quality, data sharing, accessibility and consistency and reduced program maintenance.

“After 20 years, now we have come to this point that there are finally best practices and recognition for ARMM,” said Ampatuan recounting the milestone that the autonomous region has reached.

Upon the assumption of Governor Mujiv Hataman in 2012, program funding for projects were pushed through allowing several projects to be implemented for the constituents of the region. The database system for these projects was thereafter developed, adding up to the transparency and good governance promoted by the Hataman administration.

“We made use of our own people. Now, we are going international,” added Ampatuan.

Ampatuan is also proud of the achievement gained by ARMM for having transparency as the core of its program initiatives and project implementations.

RPDO commended DPWH-ARMM for employing the e-ARMM system as one of the technologies promoting transparent and accountable project implementations in the region. Through the system, regularly monitored projects implemented by the agency are geo-tagged and plotted on google-served maps with photo documentations and can be publicly viewed in DPWH-ARMM’s website.

For the past years, the region’s monitoring gauge is very limited. But with Governor Hataman’s administration through DPWH-ARMM and the RPDO’s initiative, jointly, opened the door for the commencing database system advancement in ARMM. Kara further emphasized the need to reinforce such high standards in the database system for this will result to premium data.

With this at hand, the challenge and responsibility further lie in hands of the line agencies for it is through them that the system will be populated and enhanced. Ampatuan encouraged the departments to spread the good news and promote more transparency and best practices for a better ARMM.

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