The Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) program of the Department of Science and Technology has launched the Government Network (GovNet), which is expected to make the delivery of services to the people faster and more efficient.
The GovNet was launched on 28 June 2016, during the National ICT Summit held at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City. The summit highlighted the “transitioning of eGovernance to the next administration” and the creation of the new Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
A ceremonial “switching on” of a GovNet model symbolized the launch of the project. The ceremony was led by Denis F. Villorente, president of the CIO Forum; Clarito L. Magsino, president of CIOF Foundation; and George C. Kintanar, chairman of the CIOF Foundation.
More than 120 government agencies in Metro Manila are currently linked to GovNet, a broadband network of agencies working in harmony to better serve the Filipino people and enhance the country’s international competitiveness in e-government.
When completed, the network will serve 160 government agencies in the metropolis. Their offices will also offer free wifi to citizens as part of the Free Public WiFi project of the government.
GovNet is part of a bigger network, the Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (PREGINET), which is a pioneer in research and development network in the country and has been in existence since 2000. Agencies connected to GovNet are now enjoying high-speed Internet and connectivity using fiber optic technology.
The iGovPhil is geared toward harmonization of government ICT activities to improve online public service. To achieve this goal, it focuses on streamlining of operations, aggregation of common resources, and leveraging procurement through wholesale pricing.
GovNet is also expanding to provinces with fiber optic cables being installed in seven regional centers in the country. These are: Iloilo City; Legazpi, Albay; San Fernando, Pampanga; Palo, Leyte; Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley; Butuan City; and Baguio City.