The delivery of services to the people is expected to become faster and more efficient as the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project of the Department of Science and Technology announced today the official launching of the Government Network (GovNet) on 13 May 2016.

Expected to attend the launching, which will be a half-day event in the morning, are science and technology officials, IT leaders of government agencies, and industry representatives.

Some 120 government agencies in Metro Manila are now 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. Their offices will also be able to offer free wifi to citizens as part of the Free Public WiFi project of the Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office).

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.

The iGovPhil is not imposing a cap yet on bandwidth use, preferring to monitor the usage first. It also wants to maximize the use of its resources by swapping excess fiber optic cables with fiber owned by firms and entities located in areas it is eyeing for coverage. Aside from the improved Internet speed, government officials and employees will also benefit from a roaming service called GovRoam that will allow them access, using their credentials, to the system of any government building connected to GovNet.

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. The plan is to lay out 181 kilometers of fiber optic cables to interconnect 317 government offices in the said regions.

Once it is accomplished, the government will be expected to become truly integrated and interoperable.

For details about the launch, please email Ms. Phoebe Sumiran at [email protected] or call her at 920-0101 loc. 2621/2001.