Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) – Lawmakers in the 19th Congress are determined to digitize state agencies through the proposed “e-Governance Act of 2022” that aims to shift government services to online platforms.
Representatives led by Martin Romualdez de Leyte filed the E-Governance Act of 2022, embodied in Bill (HB) No. 3.
Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos of Ilocos Norte, along with Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre, both of the Tingog party group, are co-authors.
The explanatory memorandum to the bill said: “The move to digital platforms is a long time coming. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the need for his execution. “New Normal” policies must meet the needs of people and allow them to truly feel a sense of normalcy, rather than burdening them with inevitable but avoidable restrictions.”
“It is high time to enact a law that would force all government agencies to move to digital platforms,” he also said, adding that digitizing services “is obviously the most effective solution to closing the gap in delivery of government services”.
The measure aims to develop an integrated, interconnected and interoperable information, resource sharing and communication network which will contain internal records, a management information system, an information database and digital portals covering the across national and local government for the delivery of public services. services.
In addition, HB #3 would facilitate access to government information and services in a manner that complies with rules governing the protection of private information, national security, record keeping, accessibility for people with disabilities and other relevant laws.
Titled “An Act to Institutionalize the Government’s Transition to E-Governance in the Digital Age, Allocating Funds for This and Other Purposes”, the proposed law would cover all state offices and agencies, including units local governments and public enterprises.
It would also govern each head of agency, local government unit or state corporation responsible for its implementation.
Responsibility of the DICT
The e-Governance Act would be implemented primarily by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) through the establishment of a Project Management Office (PMO) within a year of entry into force. force of the proposed law.
E-governance is described in the bill as “the use of information and communications technology (ICT) by government and the public to improve access to government services and their delivery in order to ensure a service effective, responsive, ethical, accountable and transparent government”. .”
DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said earlier that digitizing government transactions would also reduce corruption in government agencies.
According to the measure, the DICT is required to coordinate and harmonize all ICT plans and initiatives “to ensure the sharing of knowledge, information and resources, the creation of databases and links between government agencies, in accordance with e-government objectives in particular and national objectives in general”.
In a bid to move paper-based communications to a digital platform, DICT would establish an internal messaging network called “GovMail” and facilitate communication between agencies.
The bill also directs the DICT to create and maintain a database of information – names, addresses, dates and places of birth, biometric data, etc. – on all Filipinos and foreigners entering the country.
The bill also mandates the maintenance of a directory of all national government officials called the Philippine Civil Service Directory, which includes their names, titles, telephone numbers, fax numbers, office locations, and email addresses. . The public would have access to the directory.
The measure also proposes the creation of a service portal where the public can transact with agencies and for state offices to perform services online.
The bill establishes time limits for responsible personnel to act or make decisions on requests or requests.
There would also be another portal for online payments.
HB No. 3 also calls for the development of a citizens’ concern center where people can voice complaints, issues or concerns. It also demands that the government provide free internet to the public, as well as internet-enabled gadgets in all barangay centers.