E – Government

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An Act establishing the E- Government, defining its powers and functions, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

The government’s commitment to using Information Technology has come a long way from the creation of the National Computer Center in 1971 to the drafting of the E-Government Master Plan in support of the Philippine Digital Strategy during the previous administration.

The government ought to fully utilize the newly created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to integrate Information and Communications Technology development in its departments instead of having agency-specific applications.

This bill aims to pave the way for the establishment of effective E-Government plans that create more valuable and meaningful services through interoperability and maximization of resources, which are part of the powers and functions of the DICT.

More efficient government services through the E-Government seek to minimize corruption by minimizing the human intervention component in government transactions.

The issue of interoperability and harmonization is not solely a technical problem, but also includes many organizational concerns that need to be overcome. This bill is designed to strengthen ICT use in the government in order to make its implementation possible and sustainable.

Considering the merits of this Bill, its immediate approval is earnestly sought.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.