Project under e-government to get P878.5M as support-A A +A
Friday, June 6, 2014
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is releasing P878.5 million to the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICTO) to support the second phase of the iGovPhil project.
The iGovPhil project is one of the components of the e-Government Master Plan of 2013-2016, which aims to maximize the use of information and communications technology (ICT) resources through shared ICT infrastructure, services and applications for national government agencies.
It has a total project cost of P2.53 billion, implemented from 2012 to 2016. DBM released P164.6 million to ICTO in 2012 for the first phase of the project.
The latest P878.5-million funding will be charged against the 2014 e-Government fund.
In a press statement, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said the project will go a long way in better harmonizing government processes and inter-operability within the bureaucracy, leading to a faster and more efficient delivery of government services.
“Our continued investments in high-impact ICT programs are central to the Aquino administration’s good governance agenda. We remain continued to harnessing technology and developing relevant mechanisms to improve the way government agencies work with each other. Data security won’t be an issue, since we’ll be using common application systems across the bureaucracy,” said Abad.
“Aside from the savings that we will generate from paperless transactions, we will also save time by linking various government agencies through the shared ICT infrastructure. Ultimately, these are efforts to improve the speed and efficiency by which we deliver public services,” he added.
As of last year, 30 percent of government agencies in Manila and 80 percent in Cebu were successfully connected to the fiber optic network.
Seventy-one percent of the target government data centers have already been established.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 07, 2014.