The following information details the accreditation guidelines for private sector entities that will enter into partnership with the DICT and client government agencies under the GSC. These guidelines are issued to ensure the competency of private entities applying to be part of the GSC.

Private sector entities applying to be part of the GSC shall adhere to the following requirements.

General Requirements

The private sector entity must provide a comprehensive end-to-end service to the government agency.
Software industries are encouraged to participate. Service providers who are experienced in implementing COA rules.

Technical Requirements
Hardware

All the software, applications and services must be lodged in a government-owned infrastructure, specifically the Government Cloud (GovCloud) and the National Government Data Center (NGDC).

Software

All the software, applications and services offered by the private entities must:

1.1. Have perpetual licenses. Mature open source software with strong and sustainable community or third party support are recommended;
1.2. Be web-accessible and cloud-ready;
1.3. Enterprise-ready and is robust enough to be deployed in a large environment.

Integration with the iGovPhil Initiatives

1. All the systems or applications must adhere with the common language, principles, and standards that national government agencies should use as defined by the Philippine eGovernment Interoperability Framework (PeGIF) 1.2 Technical Standards.
2. All the software, applications and services must have the capacity to integrate with existing common and shared services of the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Program.

2.1. Must have ready application program interface (API) for integration to current existing common and shared services such as the Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI), Single Sign-On (SSO), PhPay and Forms Builder;
2.2. Must have the capacity to use full stack technology of the GCP, composed of Business Process Management (BPM), NoSQL Database (Mark Logic), Business Intelligence or Analytics (Pentaho), Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2), and Geo visualization tools (CartoDb and Open Geo).

Technical Support

1. The private sector entity must have a dedicated system administrator, one for each system or application, who will conduct system maintenance, backup procedures and ensure 24/7 uptime of services.
2. The private sector entity must provide a technical support service through helpdesk, email, or phone, available 24/7 to support its client agency.

Data Security

All the common applications must adhere with the information and business process interoperability as defined in Philippine eGovernment Interoperability Framework (PeGIF) 2.0.

On-boarding Procedure

1. The private sector entity must send the following documents to the DICT:

1.1. Letter of Intent
1.2. Proposal and work plan
1.3. Systems Architecture, Database Schema, and Functional Design
1.4. Scalability of products and services
1.5. List of current clients

2. The DICT and its GSC technical evaluation team will assess the systems and conduct technical monitoring and comparative analyses to review current and proposed services and applications. Take note that providers who are evaluated is not automatically part of the GSC initiative.


3. The private sector entity must be willing to provide the following to client government agency prior implementation:

3.1. 30-day trial or demo copy to government agencies with audio visual presentation and elearning module or users manual
3.2. Description of the system
3.3. Features and Benefits
3.4. Business Model
3.5. Cost of the service

4. Sign Memorandum of Agreement.

5. Conduct of technical meetings between the private sector entity, GSC team and agency client.

6. Customization of systems and applications as deemed necessary by the agency clients.

7. Implementation.

8. Technical monitoring by the DICT-GSC team.