E-Gov masterplan for PH formally unveiled

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The government?s top ICT agency launched on Tuesday, June 25, the country?s E-Government Master Plan (EGMP) which identifies key priority areas of e-government for 2014-2016.

ICTO chief Louis Casambre (right) presents to DOST secretary Mario Montejo (left) the E-Government Master Plan which will be submitted to Pres. Aquino for approval

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) unveiled the masterplan at the National ICT Summit in Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

Officials said the plan will guide government agencies in aligning their information systems? strategic plans to the national e-government priorities such as efficiency and transparency.

The National ICT Summit 2013 also served as the venue for the government to provide updates on several its initiatives in e-government, ICT policy development, and cyber security.

Among the projects featured were the Integrated Government Philippines Project (iGovPhil), the Medium-Term Information and Communication Technology Harmonization Initiative (MITHI), the National ICT Advisory Council, and the TV White Space Initiative.

Pres. Benigno Aquino III, in a message delivered by DOST secretary Mario G. Montejo, said, ?Through the e-Government Master Plan, we lay the groundwork for an effective and transparent e-government information systems for 2014 to 2016, providing agencies a framework that will strengthen and integrate existing information systems that are vital to the delivery of services and information.?

The EGMP, which will serve as the update of the Government Information Systems Plan, was officially presented to Aquino through Montejo by DOST-ICTO executive director Louis Casambre for eventual approval and implementation.

Montejo said he is counting on the ICT master plan to propel the Philippines up in the United Nations eGovernment rankings ? from 88th this 2012, into the Top 50 out of the 190 countries by 2016.

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