On Friday, November 26, Senator Christopher “Bong Go” called for the adoption of the Electronic Governance Bill, which aims to establish an integrated, interconnected and interoperable network for information communication and resource sharing within the government for rapid delivery of public services. .
“I have a bill pending in the Senate, the e-governance bill that I introduced in my first year as a senator. It can serve in part as a blueprint and a model of how we turn many processes into a digital form, ”Go said.
He cited a study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in which it was stated that the wages and productivity losses of Filipino workers due to COVID-19 were estimated to be as much as P2, 3 trillion in their lifetime Go added that apart from the government network, the bill also provides for the establishment of an internal information system on the management of cases and a database of centralized information.
“Significantly, it provides for the creation and maintenance of digital portals through which the public can request and receive public services. It also pushes for the digitization of paper workflows and other traditional modes for a more efficient and transparent public service, ”he explained.
He mentioned that the measure aims to serve as a guide for the country’s eventual transition into the digital age, allowing the government to function more efficiently. This is in line with the government’s desire to be closer to its constituents, providing better access to government through the use of modern technology.
One form of this proposed national digitization, according to Go, is specifically geared towards solving public health problems is the use and implementation of e-health services, which are sought to institutionalize through the bill. on e-health that he tabled.
The measure foresees the use of information and communication technologies for health or e-health as one of the strategic instruments allowing not only to address the current disparities in the provision of health care services and rapid access to healthcare. information for better decision-making and intervention, but also to support and facilitate the achievement of universal health care goals of better outcomes, sustained health financing and a responsive health system.
Also presidential aspirant, Go who has vowed to continue the Duterte administration’s agendas, and said the current administration has already institutionalized reforms to streamline government processes such as signing RA 11032 or the law on the ease of doing business, the creation of an anti-Red Tape Authority or ARTA law, facilitating the transition to e-governance and the implementation of the Philippine identification system, among others.
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