Senator Christopher “Bong” Go once again pushed for the passage of his filed bill known as the E-governance Act, as President Rodrigo Duterte listed it as one of the priority legislations in the last year of his administration.
The measure is in line with the President’s vision of improving public service delivery through a more responsive and efficient government, especially as the whole country adapts to the ‘new normal’ amid efforts to overcome the pandemic.
During his State of the National Address on Monday, July 26, Duterte urged members of Congress to pass a legislation allowing for the utilization of modern technology to enhance access to government services and programs for all Filipinos.
Due to the pandemic, the president said that due to the pandemic deficiencies and weaknesses in government processes have been exposed, “This has caused hiccups in the delivery of government services to the people.”
In July 27 last year, Go filed Senate Bill No. 1738, or the E-Governance Act of 2020, which seeks to mandate the government to establish an integrated, interconnected, and interoperable information and resource-sharing and communications network spanning the entirety of the national and local government, an internal records management information system, an information database, and digital portals for the delivery of public services.
“Gamitin natin ang teknolohiya upang mailapit lalo ang gobyerno sa tao, mapagaan ang pinapasan ng taumbayan, at mabigyan sila ng serbisyong kailangan nila sa panahong hirap na hirap na ang lahat dahil sa krisis,” Go emphasized.
For a more efficient and transparent public service, the bill also encourages the digitization of paper-based and other old workflows.
Under Go’s proposed measure, the heads of government agencies are mandated to comply with the requirements of the bill, including related standards for all ICT infrastructure, systems, equipment, designs, and other technologies promulgated by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
The DICT will also be responsible for harmonizing and coordinating all national ICT plans and efforts in order to ensure knowledge, information, and resource sharing, database development, and agency networking links, all in line with e-government goals.
The measure also establishes the Integrated Government Network, which will serve as the principal means for sharing and communicating resources, information, and data across all levels of government via digital and electronic platforms. The IGN will also serve as the government’s primary data management tool and communications network.
It then establishes the Philippine Infostructure Management Corporation to ensure the appropriate and efficient operation and management of the country’s ICT assets, as well as a training institution to recognize the vital role of ICT education for both the public and the government.
“It will also ensure that business processes and transactions in the country remain seamless and fully operational despite the challenges presented by outbreaks and pandemics,” Go continued. SOVEREIGNPH/AQP