Ang Ating Daan (Our Road): E-participation as a Regulatory Mechanism in the Construction of Public Roads and Highways
Jody Cruz Salas
National College of Public Administration and Governance,
University of the Philippines Diliman
The construction of public roads and highways in the Philippines receives large budget allocation and constant attention but is endlessly plagued by delays and low-quality output. Several recommendations were presented to address this and one of them is the use of independent oversight by civil society. There are cases of best practice in some local communities but the formula to sustain it remains elusive. The advent of various information technologies and social media platforms presents new opportunities for oversight. This article explores how to encourage e-participation and institutionalize it as a regulatory mechanism for monitoring the implementation of road construction projects.