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Be a Citizen Monitor: DILG, UNDP launch DevLIVE mobile app

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 8, 2021) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has rolled out its Development Live mobile application in Sarangani to help citizens give feedback on local infrastructure projects in terms of progress, timeliness, and effectiveness.

“This DevLIVE is like a citizens’ monitoring. This is a very good program by the DILG, because right now we are in an era of empowerment and open participation by the citizenry when it comes to the implementation of our infrastructure projects,” said Engr. Gerald Faciol, assistant provincial administrator for operations.

Development LIVE or DevLIVE is an application that can be downloaded thru the App Store. It allows anyone to monitor and report on their local government’s projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Philippines.

Faciol said this will be “a platform for all citizens just in case they have concerns on the implementation of projects,” in order to “reach into the attention of the implementing agencies.”

Faciol added “it will be a very easy access for the citizens to air their concerns and grievances through this DevLIVE.”

On March 8, mentors from the G-HUBS or Holistic Undertaking Bridging Solutions for Governance visited Sarangani to conduct training of trainers to members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC).

Carlito Uy, G-HUBs XII mentor, said the purpose of their visit in the province is “to be able to help the province of Sarangani to organize their own citizen monitors.”

“The Citizen Monitors is another empowerment tool for the citizens of Sarangani to be able to look into the progress as well as the proper utilization of the funds downloaded by the DILG for the provincial road projects,” he said.

Uy also said the CSOs and PPMCs will be “trained in utilizing the tool, which is the DevLIVe platform, by using the gadget we have now, to be able to look into the development of the provincial roads.”

“In turn, this will create more accountability on the part of the implementing agencies na tarungon gyud ang pag-implement sa mga projects kay naay mga citizenry,” Faciol noted.

Faciol also encouraged the active participation of the communities as this will be a “very easy mechanism for them” to help the province in the implementation of projects.

“As much as possible all citizens mag-download sa DevLIVE para maging widespread ang participation sa citizens in the implementation, because the intention of the government here is ang mga projects will be implemented according to standards.”

“Of course this is one of the purposes of the SDGs wherein all projects must be implemented very well. All projects, may it be national or local,” Faciol added.

Faciol stressed “if we really maximize or utilize this application in a positive matter, ultimately the Sustainable Development Goals na pangandoy nato sa 2030, this is one of the strategies na makab-ot gyud nato atong mga pangandoy.”

Faciol said the provincial government “will really plan out how we are going to roll out this program as widespread as possible as this will be an opportunity for the people’s voices to be heard.”

Uy said the DILG has already rolled out this program in all provinces in Region XII and Sarangani is its last stop. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by JAKE NARTE, taken on March 8 during the DILG’s Organization of Citizen Monitors and Development Live Training for Sarangani Province

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