The national government is urging LGUs to ramp up usage of digital tools and services to better cope with the economic setback brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, even as access to ICT remains riddled with deep-seated problems.
The DICT said there is a compelling need for LGUs and HOAs to cooperate in addressing the need for connectivity and better quality of ICT services especially in the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Globe Telecom said LGUs and homeowner associations are the major reasons why the Philippines suffers from having very low site density compared to other countries.
The NTC made the appeal after receiving reports from various telecommunication companies that their frontliners tasked to do repair works on fixed broadband access cabinets were being prevented to enter gated villages due to the community quarantine.
A survey conducted by AIM found that for SMEs, regulatory compliance was perceived to be “moderately burdensome,” with the BIR and LGUs seen as among the most difficult agencies to deal with.
The Digital Governance Awards (DGA) is an annual event recognizing LGUs’ best practices in utilizing ICT for the effective and efficient delivery of public services to local communities and to business stakeholders.