Grace Mirandilla-Santos | July 05, 2013
The Philippines celebrated “National ICT month” last June. But unlike in previous years, the government unveiled quite a number of ICT programs and services this time around.
The ICT Office (ICTO) under the Department of Science and Technology, which now handles the functions of the defunct Commission on ICT, first launched its flagshipIntegrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Project in June 2012.
ICTO’s executive director Louis C. Casambre said the project would integrate and provide “essential core services, and the necessary protocols and standards to make feasible secure yet open and efficient interoperability among all government ICT systems.” iGovPhil was also designed to solve the problems of poor synergies and cross-project collaborations, which the 8 billion peso ($186 million) eGovernment Fund for 2003-2011 failed to meet.
Last month, ICTO introduced supporting ICT apps and services, such as the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), a government-wide email system (GovMail), the government cloud (GovCloud), Agency Records Inventory System (AgRIS), and the government website template.
The skeptic would simply dismiss these as a rehash of the same old ICT programs that would forever remain on the drawing board. But these initiatives and the progress thus far are actually impressive by PH government standard.