Tougher law enforcement on e-governance urged

The DICT is planning to establish the eGov PH Super App, the first one-stop-shop platform for local and national government services that will streamline processes and transactions, and bring total ease of doing business to all Filipinos

An official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology has urged a “tougher” law enforcement to implement the electronic governance system in the country.

Speaking at a hearing by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology on Monday, DICT Undersecretary for E-governance David Almirol commended various proposed measures seeking to institutionalize E-governance in the country, which he described as “timely and relevant” in the government efforts to improve the quality of ICT services for Filipinos.

Almirol underscored the need to fully integrate the digitalization efforts of national government agencies and local government units.

“This is not for us to compete on our mandate, but for us to help each other. Government (offices) should be integrated into each other, including the reintegration of pre-requisite data,” he said.

He cited the need to govern the e-payment services through the standardization of processes between the private payment services and the government.

This can be done by establishing the eGovPay which helps the government simplify payment processing as e-governance can be a “game-changer” as it not only speeds up services but also removes many avenues of corruption.

Thus, DICT is also pushing eGOVcloud, the Philippine Government’s Cloud First Policy, which promotes cloud computing as the preferred technology for government administration and delivery of government services.

It targets to bring e-governance in about 42,000 barangays nationwide.

The DICT is planning to establish the eGov PH Super App, the first one-stop-shop platform for local and national government services that will streamline processes and transactions and bring total ease of doing business to all Filipinos.

Put premium on ICT profession

Meanwhile, DICT Legal Affairs Assistant Secretary Renao Paraiso said many Filipino IT professionals are more lured by the opportunities of working outside the country because of much higher salaries and employment protection.

“That’s why we are proposing Magna Carta on our ICT workers to put a premium on their profession,” Paraiso said.

Almirol, who is a programmer and hard coder himself, lamented that working in the government is “not really enticing” for the IT people, given the low salaries being offered to them, and the high qualification standards required by the civil service.

“As an IT guy, it’s not enticing to join the government Mr. Chair, to be honest with you Mr. Chair, because of the salaries, of course, they do have families also,” Almirol said, noting that most of graduating IT students are more eager to apply work abroad.

Almirol also stressed that some IT qualifications are not even taught in schools.

 

Critical info protection

Senator Raffy Tulfo urged his colleagues and various stakeholders to support proposed legislation seeking to safeguard the country’s information and communication technology, or ICT system amid a series of alleged data breaches.

Tulfo said over 1.2 million records belonging to the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Internal Revenue were exposed to alleged data hacking as well as electronic wallet accounts were recently compromised.


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