By Billy Begas
Presidential son and Ilocos Norte representative Sandro Marcos and Leyte representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, who is expected to become the next president, jointly tabled a measure requiring government agencies to switch to digital platforms for more efficient and transparent services.
In addition to Marcos and Romualdez, the authors of the electronic governance bill (House Bill 3) are also the representatives of Tingog, Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre.
“The shift to digital platforms is a long time coming. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the need for his execution. “New normal” policies must respond to people’s needs and enable them to truly experience a sense of normalcy, rather than imposing inevitable but avoidable restrictions on them,” reads the explanatory note to the measure.
The authors said digitizing services is “clearly the most effective solution to closing the gap in government service delivery”.
The proposal aims to establish an integrated, interconnected and interoperable information, resource sharing and communication network, which will include internal records, a management information system, an information database and digital portals covering the whole of national and local government for the provision of public services.
It also pushes for the digitization of paper-based and other traditional ways of working for a more efficient and transparent public service,” according to the explanatory note.
An internal messaging network, called “GovMail”, would also be set up to facilitate communication between agencies. Paper-based communications would go digital.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) would be the main implementer of the proposal through a Project Management Office (PMO) which would be organized within one year from the entry into force of the proposed law.