By Betheena Kae Unite
Ghost infrastructure projects would no longer be hidden in darkness as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opted to adopt “geotagging technology” to monitor projects using the InfraTrack application.
“Soon, DPWH project and monitoring engineers of Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide will be required to capture and submit geotagged photographs of projects before, during and after construction activities,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said during the launch of the app last week.
InfraTrack App, according to the agency, is a simple, easy to use application that uses geotagging technology to help the DPWH management monitor the progress of the projects virtually.
InfraTrack has two major components, the mobile app which is used to take geotagged photos, and the web application where you can find all the photos uploaded along with project details.
The web app contains construction status, showing projects that are still in the construction stage or with a status of “Ongoing” and those that have been completed together with the photos as proof.
Villar said the app was designed to improve transparency and accountability in monitoring projects implemented by the agency. It is developed by the DPWH’s Information Management Service to support the existing Projects and Contracts Monitoring Application (PCMA).
Photos captured using cameras or devices with built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) shall be useful in ensuring that projects are in the right location and more importantly, would serve as evidence of physical progress of projects, Villar noted.
“With the InfraTrack App, we are guaranteed that, indeed, projects are being implemented in a particular area and we do not waste public funds for unfinished works, more so to nonexistent projects,” Villar added.