October 13, 2021

Chua emphasizes the importance of digitization and knowledge management

Because of the coronavirus epidemic, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua believes now is the perfect moment to strive for better knowledge management and digitization of procedures to assist future policymakers.

Many processes in the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) are still done manually and in silos, according to Chua, who spoke on the final day of the three-day virtual Asian Development Bank (ADB) Knowledge Forum 2021 last Friday, October 1, 2021. This proved challenging following the work-from-home arrangement implemented last year to address the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. (Covid-19).

As a result, he promised to “give the next government a stronger NEDA basis in the areas of organizational development, human resource, data science, technology, innovation, innovative business processes, digital transformation, and knowledge management” to the next administration.

“We are in the midst of a historic catastrophe, and we must record lessons gained to assist policymakers now and in the future. As a result, we need a mechanism in place to more efficiently and effectively store and distribute this information,” he added.

The ADB has partnered with NEDA to enhance the agency’s knowledge-generation, dissemination, and management capabilities and capability, which was formalized via a memorandum of understanding signed in December of last year.

The lender has helped the agency “define the responsibilities of our new Knowledge Management Division under the Development Information Staff,” according to Chua.

He said, “These will be critical in making our systems more efficient.”

He said that the epidemic cleared the way for the agency’s and government’s required changes to be accelerated.

“Innovation is required for the nation to go to the next stage of development and to maintain its status as an upper-middle-income country. And, in order for this to become a national policy, we must lead by example inside NEDA and its agencies,” he said.

He claimed NEDA is working on “dashboards” and “improving our data repositories” so that it can have a “single source of truth.”

“This change will enable us to more effectively manage programs, initiatives, and internal procedures, giving us more time to concentrate on the most value-adding elements of our job,” he added.

“While there is still much more work to be done, we are pleased to have taken the first step toward institutionalizing knowledge management. “I am hopeful that our collaboration (with ADB) will enable NEDA to become even more future-ready and set an example for the rest of the public sector,” he said.

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