CDO leads 10 PH cities recognized for e-readiness

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ICT Office deputy executive director Bettina Quimson (left) congratulates Cagayan de Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno (3rd from left) after the city was awarded with the E-Readiness Leadership Award, having been ranked #1 in the E-Readiness Survey. Also in the picture are DTI undersecretary Nora Terrado (2nd from left) and DILG undersecretary Austero Panadero (right) ICT Office deputy executive director Bettina Quimson (left) congratulates Cagayan de Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno (3rd from left) after the city was awarded with the E-Readiness Leadership Award, having been ranked #1 in the E-Readiness Survey. Also in the picture are DTI undersecretary Nora Terrado (2nd from left) and DILG undersecretary Austero Panadero (right)[/caption] The criteria for the awards were taken from the results of the recently concluded E-Readiness Assessment Survey. A special plaque of recognition was given by the ICT Office of the Department of Science and Technology during the awards ceremonies held on June 18 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila. Approximately 400 participants from various cities and municipalities attended the forum and witnessed the awarding ceremony. The E-Readiness Survey is a joint collaborative project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Science and Information Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with support from the US-Aid Invest Project. The ICT Office carried out the E-Readiness assessment of the 143 cities which participated in the 2014 BPLS Compliance and E-Readiness Survey. According to Bettina Quimson of the DOST-ICT Office, ?E-Readiness means that these LGUs are ready for e-government. True e-government will not only foster an efficient, transparent, and effective government that our citizens need, it will also give the Philippines a competitive edge in the global market place, creating an investment environment that can help drive local and foreign investment in the country.? The framework to evaluate the e-readiness of local government units were based on several indicators. Among the major indicators used to assess the LGU?s E-Readiness were: (1) ICT capability, (2) Technology environment and (3) Web presence maturity. Other sub-indicators include the following: presence of an ICT development plan, Internet connectivity, presence of an ICT/MIS unit. In general, e-readiness means the level of preparedness of the LGU to implement ICT projects and to participate in major ICT project initiatives such as e-government, Smarter Cities and other projects that aim to exploit the opportunities and potentials offered by the effective and strategic use of ICT. Among the other cities recognized (according to ranking) were: Cagayan de Oro City, San Fernando City, Pampanga, Makati City, Valenzuela, Mandaluyong, Cebu City, Balanga City, Bataan, Angeles City, Batangas City and Taguig.]]>

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