ARMM electronic road mapping system launched PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:21

Officials on Monday launched in Cotabato City the first ever electronic road mapping system in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that functions like the renowned Google Earth.

“This is something new in Mindanao,” said Engineer Don Mustapha Loong, ARMM’s public works secretary.

The online recording system, dubbed Expanded ARMM Road Mapping and Management System (E-ARMM), can provide interested parties online access to all of the regional government’s road projects with corresponding funding details.

Other infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways in the autonomous region can also be monitored through the internet-linked network.

The system was jointly launched Monday morning at the regional office of DPWH-ARMM in Cotabato City by Loong and the governor of the autonomous region, Mujiv Hataman, in the presence of print and broadcast journalists.

Loong said browsers can easily download photos and locator charts for each of the road and other infrastructure projects in all of the ARMM’s eight engineering districts.

The ARMM covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in mainland Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“This is one way of ensuring transparency and accountability in our handling of road projects in the autonomous region,” Loong told reporters.

Loong said the money spent for the setting up of the network was drawn from savings of the ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways, which the Hataman administration generated in the past two years.

Hataman and Loong also inaugurated on Monday a new office for the resident auditor of DPWH-ARMM and guest rooms for employees from the provinces transacting at the agency’s regional office in Cotabato City.

Hataman said the new office for representatives of the Commission on Audit monitoring how the DPWH-ARMM is handling state funds from the national coffer will ensure timeliness of documentary and accounting processes for all fiscal transactions pertaining to infrastructure projects in the autonomous region.

Hataman had told COA representatives present in the inauguration of the newly-built auditing office, located inside the compound of the DPWH-ARMM, to provide journalists and interested parties full access to records on allocation of funds for each project of the regional government and corresponding programs of work.