Frequently Asked Questions - PeGIF

How will PeGIF change the government information system?

Government information system currently exists as silos that are difficult to integrate, maintain and develop. The    Philippine eGovernment Interoperability Framework (PeGIF) will ensure that future systems allow information to be easily shared, policies are better formed based on timely data, and processes are seamlessly and efficiently integrated vertically and across public sector institutions.

Who do we talk to about PeGIF? (P)

The Department of Science and Technology's Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) is the primary proponent of this initiative and is tasked to convene stakeholders for the purpose of developing, maintaining, evaluating the interoperability frameworks, and monitoring the results of various interoperability efforts.

Who will be responsible for implementing interoperability in the agency level?

The Chief Information Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the standards are implemented in the ICT projects of the organization.

Which organizations have the overall mandate to control the standards?

The ICT Office is mandated to develop, maintain, evaluate and update the standards and monitor its implementation.

Who will ensure standards are implemented?

DTI-BPS has agreed to let ICT Office lead IT related standards in the country.  GPPB, GAA, and PDP will also be the basis for testing effectiveness of the standards.

Who will arbitrate disputes?

The ICT Office, CIOs and Advisory Council will arbitrate disputes.

Which government clusters will pilot PeGIF?

The Health and Education clusters.

How will the technical standards be adopted by the agencies?

During the planning stage, agencies must consider and develop interoperability criteria for their proposed ICT programs and draft procurement documents that include these criteria.

Will PeGIF consider making a common definition to address the data received from different organizations that have different categories?

Yes, that is what we are going to do. We want to do a data registry of government datasets.

How do we classify, treat and use official records?

The goal behind interoperability is “deep and wide” access, which means we will allow agencies to use and access digital formats and act on it. It's all about process re-engineering and one of the enablers for this is interoperability. Treatment of official records shall depend on the type of data. First, the type of information will be classified with regard to security; and demographics will also be considered. The ultimate goal is to make sure that the data is open, accessible and reusable.

Is there an initiative to build semantic interoperability?

Semantic interoperability is the ability of the system to exchange data with clear shared meaning or definition. Data definitions are with cluster groups and the development will be driven by communities. But there is a need for a higher level data definition for the whole of the government.

We plan to continue paying for our programmer and program. Can we do this without disallowances?

We're trying to talk with GPPPB to make certification a requirement. This may have an effect in your procurement. We are considering enforcing our plans by citing it as part of special provisions in GAA so that any system must comply with PeGIF, including the standards, which will be part of that framework.

Will there be a yearly audit for existing interoperability compliance?

This will be considered. But for now, only the manifested interoperability statement would ensure compliance for future projects.