‘Urgent’ e-gov bill to drive better services

The President assured the private sector and the public that he will issue a certification of the e-governance bill as “urgent” to speed up needed ground works to drive better and more efficient digital services to serve the Filipino people.

In line with the administration’s agenda of driving the country’s digital transformation to better serve the Filipino people, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has committed to certifying the proposed E-Governance Act of 2022 as urgent. This was assured by the President last January 12 in his meeting with the PSAC Digital Infrastructure Sector.

During the meeting, the PSAC Digital Infrastructure Sector shared with the President the progress and success of initial collaborations with government agencies. The group also provided additional proposals, with President Marcos accepting the recommendation to certify as urgent the e-governance bill that is currently pending in the House of Representatives.

The E-Governance Act of 2022 was introduced as House Bill (HB) No. 3 last June 2022 by House Speaker and Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, House Senior Deputy Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Representative Alexander “Sandro” Marcos, and Tingog Sinirangan Party-List Representatives Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre.

The bill is currently pending at the House committee level. Its certification as urgent will expedite the traditional time between second and third readings, allowing it to be read, debated, and passed on the same day, jumpstarting the nation’s digital transformation.

“The certification as urgent of the E-Governance Act is a vital step in the right direction towards becoming a digital nation. It also provides the impetus to the PSAC Digital Infrastructure Sector’s work plan. We are encouraged by the President’s commitment to shaping a future-ready nation and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on every Filipino,” said PSAC Digital Infrastructure Sector Lead and Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) Chief Technology and Operations Officer Henry Aguda.

The proposed Act institutionalizes the transition of the government to e-governance. The State would adopt a policy to create, foster, and sustain a digitally empowered and integrated government that provides responsive and transparent online citizen-centered services for a globally competitive Filipino nation.

Furthermore, in its explanatory note, the bill “encourages government cooperation with the private sector in providing resources, assets, and services, and transforms agency operations by utilizing best practices from public and private sector organizations.”

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