eGov Awards to encourage go’vt offices to utilize ICT

By Alexander Villafania

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced the first eGov Awards that acknowledges the efforts of local government units (LGUs) to use information and communications technology (ICT) to deliver public service.

The project is done in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines, Inc. (CCTP).

The eGov Award has two categories: Best in eGov Customer Empowerment or G2C Award, and Best in eGov Business Empowerment or G2B Awards.

The first awardees will be honored during the 5th NICP ICT Summit in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in November 2012.

NICP chair Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said the awards is aligned with the Philippine Digital Strategy (PDS) 20111-2016 that would see the enablement of LGUs into “intelligent” units that allows full access to government services to the public.

The PDS was drafted by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT, now the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology).

Prior to being absorbed by the DOST, the CICT has been pushing government offices to put up their own websites and to develop applications that would allow them to provide public sector assistance.

The CICT had also provided web development for government offices to fast track the establishment of a web presence among agencies.

Last November, 301 out of 323 national government level offices have been mapped to have an online presence. However, only 13 websites have interactive websites, which is consequently Stage 4 under the United Nations and the American Society of Public Administration (UN-ASPA). The rest are in Stage 2 and 3.

The UN-ASPA is the basis for evaluating the level of ICT-readiness of government websites. It has five stages, the fifth being a fully integrated Internet presence with full online transaction processes.

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