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The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading on Tuesday the proposed E-Government Act, seeking to digitize all government services in the country.

House Bill No. 6927, overwhelmingly approved by the congressmen with a vote of 229-0-0, mandates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to create an e-government masterplan that will ensure the full digitization of government services and processes.

The DICT will revise every three years the said masterplan to deliver more efficient government services and curb corruption by minimizing human intervention.

The masterplan’s main component is the Philippine Government Interoperability Framework, which seeks to harmonize the technical and informational interoperability of government ICT systems.

The bill also seeks to create Government Online Payment System, an electronic platform where Filipino citizens can pay their government transactions including taxes.

Frontline services will also be streamlined by integrating all business registration-related transactions in government agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperative Development Authority, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth.

While the Archives and Records Management Information System will be established to efficiently manage all government documents and records, which includes digitization of paper-based documents and development of systems to maintain such data.

Also, a real-time Procurement System will be in place to digitize procurement processes such as bidding, contract agreements, and payment for services or supplies.

The DICT Secretary will lead the E-Government initiative, along with chief information officers assigned in national government agencies and local government units.

The Senate version of the proposed E-Government Act filed by Sen. Grace Poe is still pending at the committee level.

In his last State of the Nation Address last July 27, President Rodrigo Duterte called on national and local leaders to transition into a “paperless government.”

“The national government should lead the way in our transition to online systems. Panahon na para mawala na ang pila (it is time for queuing to be a thing of the past),” said Duterte, who also highlighted the need for solid data protection measures before the electronic shift of government services.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): David Tristan Yumol

Quelle/Source: CNN Philippines, 12.08.2020

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