Sixteen local government units (LGU) projects earned the spotlight during the 6th Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units or eGOV Awards last Nov. 17 for their outstanding information and communication technology (ICT) systems.
The awarding ceremony was part of the 9th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) ICT Summit which started on November 16 at Cagayan de Oro City.
NICP, the umbrella organization of ICT Councils from all over the Philippines partnered with the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the awards.
The DICT also launched DigitalCitiesPH National Launch, which signaled a holistic approach to building digital LGUs by 2022 in terms of economy, government, human resource, mobility, environment and lifestyle. DICT through Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim announced that it is adopting the eGOV Awards as a key strategy under its digital government component starting next year.
NICP former president and trustee Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, leading eGov initiatives for NICP, said this is the sixth year of the awards but the first year for three new categories, namely in the area of data privacy, government inter-operability and digital payments.
A total of 36 projects where submitted by twenty six local government units, which could be either a city, municipality or province and were judged according to impact, relevance, innovation and replicability.
NICP president Stephanie Caragos said the direction of DICT complements the goal of NICP to ensure more innovation in the LGU level.
DICT undersecretary Austere Panadero, in his message shared by DILG Region 10 director Arnel Agabe, commended all the LGUs who participated in the eGOV awards for the last six years and encouraged the participation of more LGUs in the coming years.
Emerging as champion for the Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) of the 6th eGov Awards is the Municipal Agriculture Information System – Farmers Agriculture Resource Management System (MAIS-FARMS) of Mina, Iloilo, with the Integrated Queuing and Business Permit and Licensing System for LGU’s (IQ-BPLS) of Bogo City in second place and the Capitol IP-Telephony of Province of Iloilo in third place.
In the Best in Government Inter-Operability (G2G), the champion is the Real Time Community Health Information System (CHITS) of Quezon City, with Cebu City’s Electronic Remittance System (eRemS) in second place and the Pulilan Integrated Wireless Network (PIWN) of the Municipality of Pulilan, Province of Bulacan in third place.
In the Best in Data-Driven Governance (D2G), the champion is the GeoHealth-Geographic Information System (GIS) for Health-Dengue Mapping System of Cebu City, with the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) of the Provincial Government of Province of Davao Del Norte as second placer and Tricycle Franchise Registration Information System (T-FRIS) of Calapan City, Province of Oriental Mindoro as third placer.
In the Best in Digital Finance (P2G), the champion is the Internet Online Services (iOS) of Cagayan De Oro City, with the GReAT System Architecture of Municipality of Cavinti, Laguna as second placer and the POS and Online Payment of Real Property (RPT) of Municipality of Silang Cavite as third place.
In the Best in Customer/Citizen Empowerment (G2C), the champion is the Baliwag High FVE Mobile App of Baliwag, Province Bulacan, with the e-Participation System of San Fernando City, Province of La Union in second place and 1SanMateo Mobile App of San Mateo, Province of Rizal and the Cebu City Travel Lines (CCTL) as third placers.