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The NEDA MIMAROPA conducted a briefing on ProyekTanglaw, the region’s electronic Regional Project Monitoring System (eRPMES), to NEDA Central Luzon on March 11, 2021.

The objective of the briefing is to introduce the ProyekTanglaw online platform to NRO3. The topics discussed include the timelines of the ProyekTanglaw development, the salient features and capabilities of the system, and a short demonstration of how the system works.

The NEDA MIMAROPA “ProyekTanglaw” system was developed in partnership with the NEDA Information and Communications Technology Staff – Information System Development Division (ICTS-ISDD) with the vision that other NROs may use and customize the system according to their needs.

The development of ProyekTanglaw formally started on July 14, 2020 with a kick-off meeting with the ICTS-ISDD, and the first virtual users’ training was held on November 10-11, 2020. ProyekTanglaw was officially launched during the 73rd MIMAROPA RDC Full Council Meeting on December 4, 2020, and has since been fully operational.

The “ProyekTanglaw” system caught the interest of other NEDA Regional Offices (NROs), because it was developed, for free in partnership with NEDA ICTS-ISDD, and NEDA MIMAROPA is very much willing to share the system with other regions as well.

Thus, NRO 3 OIC-RD Agustin C. Mendoza, through a Memorandum dated March 5, 2021, requested NEDA MIMAROPA for a short briefing/orientation on the “ProyekTanglaw” system.

ProyekTanglaw is a portmanteau of two Tagalog words “Proyekto” (Project) and “Tanglaw” (Torch) that is widely spoken in the MIMAROPA region. It indicates the system’s special focus in monitoring projects, and it provides a guiding light towards the achievement of project’s target results.

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Regional Director (RD)  Susan A. Sumbeling  of NRO MIMAROPA, in her opening remarks, shared some practical advantages that can be leveraged by using the system: first, is the speedy accessing of data anytime and anywhere, as the information stored can be instantly retrieved and obtained as long as there is an internet connection; second, the system do away with paper-based submission, so it is environment friendly; third, with a few clicks, reports are automatically generated through the system (e.g. how much have been allocated for ELCAC projects, for BP2, and others); and fourth, it can reduce costs, as once the system is developed and implemented, it can minimize the cost of managing data over a period of time.

According to Mr. Roy Dimayuga, Division Chief of the NEDA MIMAROPA Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division, the success of online databases such as the ProyekTanglaw, depends on the buy ins of its intended users. Hence, several policy issuances have been passed at the MIMAROPA RPMC and RDC levels to ensure that implementing agencies (RLAs/GOCCs/SUCs/LGUs) will support and use the system consistently. The automated generation of reports, and the appearance of projects in physical maps have generated overwhelming support from implementing agencies. And in compliance with the requirements of BP2, the ProyekTanglaw Dashboard has been embedded in the NEDA MIMAROPA website.

Engr. Francis de Guzman of NEDA 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.

Meanwhile, during the open forum, NRO 3 participants shared ideas on how they can also tailor-fit the generation of reports to suit their emerging needs in Central Luzon.

OIC ARD Bernardino A. Atienza of NEDA 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 3 can further customize the system based on their needs in coordination with NEDA-ICTS-ISDD. The activity may result in future collaboration among NEDA Regional Offices.

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