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DICT: E-governance is necessary to streamline government services.

The submitted legislation aiming to institutionalize e-governance in the nation was praised on Monday by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The push for e-governance, according to DICT Undersecretary for e-Government David Almirol Jr., is “very timely” since it will enable government agencies to collaborate and improve their services for Filipinos, he said during a public hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology.

We are aware that agencies depend on one another (“Alam namin na bawat ahensya ay kailangan ang bawat ahensya”). Governments ought to be related to one another since there has been integration. Because it will have integration, the prerequisite data are all the same here. It has necessary information),” he remarked.

Almirol informed the senators that the DICT aims to implement e-governance in 42,000 barangays nationwide in collaboration with other governmental organizations and local government units (LGUs).

“Right now, the DICT is in talks with 455 agencies and bureaus to bring e-governance because the various agencies need to communicate with one another,” he said, adding that the project will involve 117 state universities and colleges, 108 government-owned and controlled corporations, and 1,700 local government units (LGUs).

Almirol emphasized the need for “tougher” law enforcement to be established in the context of e-governance to implement the program, the single operating system, the e-payment via eGovPay, e-Travel, and eGOVcloud.

Almirol also informed the committee of the DICT’s plans to launch the eGov PH Super App, the country’s first one-stop platform for local and federal government services. This app will expedite transactions and processes and give all Filipinos complete ease of doing business.

The E-Governance Act, one of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s top priorities, is anticipated to spearhead the nation’s digital transformation.

The committee is considering 18 bills that support e-governance, eight that would increase cyber security, twelve that would create affordable, accessible internet service, three that would promote digital literacy, and one that would promote the growth and preservation of the handloom weaving industry.

With 304 votes in favor and four against, the House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 7327, also known as “An Act Institutionalizing the Transition of the Government to E-Government in the Digital Age, Creating for the Purpose the Philippine Infostructure Management Corp., and Appropriating Fund Therefore,” on March 6.

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