The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA conducted a ProyekTanglaw system briefing to the NRO in Cagayan Valley, marking the second time the web-based Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) system was showcased to other NROs.
The objective of the briefing was to introduce the ProyekTanglaw online platform to NRO Cagayan Valley. The topics discussed include the brief history and timeline of the ProyekTanglaw development, the salient features and capabilities of the system, and a short demonstration on how the system works.
The NRO MIMAROPA “ProyekTanglaw” system was developed in partnership with the Information and Communications Technology Staff – Information System Development Division (ICTS-ISDD) of the NEDA Central Office so that other NRO’s may use and customize the system according to their needs.
The ProyekTanglaw system caught the interest of other NROs because it is operational and free. In partnership with ICTS-ISDD, NRO MIMAROPA is very much willing to share the system with other regions as well. Thus, Regional Director (RD) Dionisio C. Ledres, Jr. of NRO Cagayan Valley, through a memorandum dated April 29, 2021, requested NRO MIMAROPA for a short briefing/orientation on the system.
ProyekTanglaw is a combination of two Tagalog words ‘Proyekto’ (project) and ‘Tanglaw’ (torch) that is widely spoken in the MIMAROPA region. It is primarily aimed at reducing the processing time for gathering and processing RPMES reports, as well as, to strengthen development planning, investment programming, and project monitoring linkages in the region.
RD Susan A. Sumbeling of NRO MIMAROPA, in her opening remarks, shared some practical advantages that can be leveraged by using the system: first, access to data is faster anytime and anywhere, as the information stored can be instantly retrieved and obtained as long as one has an internet connection; second, the system does away with paper-based submission so it is environment friendly; third, with a few clicks, one can autogenerate reports through the system (allocation for the End Local Communist Armed Conflict or ELCAC projects, for Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa or BP2, among others); and fourth, it can reduce costs, once the system is developed and implemented, it can minimize the cost of managing data over time.
RD Ledres, in his message, commended MIMAROPA for making or providing the system to other NROs. He also expressed appreciation for the prompt response in allowing them to see the capabilities, functionality, and interface of the ProyekTanglaw.
According to Chief EDS Roy Dimayuga of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division, the success of online databases such as the ProyekTanglaw depends on the buy-ins of its intended users. For this reason, several policy issuances have been passed at the MIMAROPA Regional Project Monitoring Committee and Regional Development Council levels to ensure that implementing agencies such as regional line agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and local government units will support and use the system consistently. These implementing agencies identified their respective RPMES focal persons who were eventually trained by NRO MIMAROPA through a series of user’s training.
The automated generation of reports and the appearance of projects in physical maps have generated overwhelming support from implementing agencies. In compliance with the requirements of BP2, the ProyekTanglaw Dashboard has been embedded in the NRO MIMAROPA website.
Engr. Francis de Guzman of NRO MIMAROPA, the system administrator, discussed and demonstrated the salient features and capabilities of the system. He provided the actual online demonstration on the input and output capability of the system.
During the open forum, participants inquired on the financial and institutional requirements of the system and how they can tailor-fit the system to suit the emerging needs in Cagayan Valley. OIC Assistant RD Bernardino A. Atienza of NRO MIMAROPA, in his closing remarks, stressed that ProyekTanglaw had already shown its capability to speed up the process of the RPMES report generation. He emphasized that NRO Cagayan Valley can further customize the system based on their needs in coordination with ICTS-ISDD.