Sixth eGOV Awards opens three new categories

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The annual eGOV Awards or Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units hosted by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) now has five categories for local government units to compete in.

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eGOV Awards is an annual search for the best practices in local government units in utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and other stakeholders.

Now on its sixth year, the search is supported by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 62, Series of 2017.

Since 2012, the two standard categories are Best in eGOV Customer Empowerment (G2C) and Best in eGOV Business Empowerment (G2B). G2C recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU?s outstanding practices using ICT solutions in the education and engagement of the public and in the use of electronic facilities and channels towards providing improved, timely and relevant delivery of public services, while G2B recognizes the significant effect of an LGU?s laudable practices in integrating ICT solutions and the commitment of its administration in the LGU?s responsiveness to the needs of business enterprises, thereby creating business opportunities.

For 2017, the three new categories are Best in eGOV Government Inter-Operability Empowerment (G2G), Best in Data-Driven Governance (D2G) and Best in eGOV Digital Finance Empowerment (P2G).

G2G cites the valuable impact of an LGU?s initiative to connect data and systems with other government offices, both national and local for the convenience of their constituents and to improve its public service delivery.

P2G commends the initiative of an LGU to promote e-commerce or e-payment facilities and systems to ensure effective revenue generation and collection and improving the over-all financial management of the LGU as well as giving convenience to the public, while D2G cites the efforts of an LGU in recognizing that good governance through ICT requires the fair and responsible processing of data with convenience and better services through the free flow of information while ensuring that personal data is protected.

The winners will be awarded during the 9th NICP ICT on November 16 to 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.
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Criteria for judging include innovative management or ?outside-the-box? strategies, impact or the major results, their effects and benefits to the recipients of the service, relevance or how the entry relates to the overall objectives of the LGU and to the category to which it is nominated and replication potential to other LGUs.

eGOV Awards is open to all local government units such as a city, municipality or province, or municipality. Only one project per LGU can be nominated for each of the two categories. Hence, there can be two projects for an eGOV Year per LGU. Nomination forms and mechanics will be downloadable at www.nicp.org.ph/egovawards. Deadline for entries is on June 30, 2017.

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