Ms. Jhoana Marie E. Rull, Project Development Officer IV of Project DIME Project Management Office of the Department of Budget and Management, presented the Project DIME (Digital Imaging and Monitoring and Evaluation) during the 2021 APO Course on Development of Public-Sector Productivity Specialists on March 5, 2021.

Ms. Rull mentioned that “Project DIME is a game-changing initiative that utilizes existing technologies for monitoring and evaluation of government projects and at the same time engages in direct dialogue with citizens and civic organizations through participatory monitoring. Initiated by the Department of Budget and Management and Department of Science and
Technology, Project DIME is a response to the requirement for departments, national and local government agencies, and all other concerned to adopt Results-based Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (RBMER) Policy which requires the use of evidence-based results in decision making
for greater transparency and accountability.

Using Digital Data and Imaging Technologies such as Geographic Information System mapping, Google Earth, and satellite images, the initiative monitors government projects classified as (1) hard projects – infrastructure projects that have a horizontal observable output that can be
monitored using available technologies; (2) quasi hard projects – infrastructure projects that have a vertical observable output that can be monitored using available technologies and/or actual site visits; and (3) soft projects – programs and projects that have observable non-tangible output.