The Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Project joins the celebration for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Month by holding a series of activities that highlights the theme, “ICT: Susi sa Kinabukasan” (ICT: The Key to the Future).

The iGovPhil said the government and the citizens are now becoming more aware of the key role of ICT toward attaining economic development and connecting Filipinos together. This year’s celebration is particularly special because of the enactment of a new law, Republic Act 10844, creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Various activities are scheduled, showcasing ICT initiatives started and being developed by government agencies to steer the nation toward e-government and make Filipinos “digitally-empowered” citizens.

On June 20, the On-Premises Persons Registry System (OPRS) MOA signing between ICT Office and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will be held. Executive Director Denis Villorente and DOST Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre will grace this event.

The Persons Registry System aims to build a common repository of citizen’s data that can be accessed electronically by authorized personnel within a secure database. The person registry system will integrate and preserve more than 100 million records of birth, marriage, and death certificates, making citizen’s request for identity documents easier.

To cap off the month-long celebration, at least 100 government CIOs will gather for a public consultation to scrutinize the policy drafts. This is to produce more seamless legal documents, resulting in the easier execution of lined-up ICT projects. The policy consultation will be conducted on June 23 and 24.

Also, part of the celebration is the launching of the Government Network (GovNet) and Government Roaming (GovRoam) in the afternoon of June 27. In this session, key project handlers and officials will give updates on GovNet and GovRoam. Detailed plans and actions being done to implement the project will be presented.

GovNet has been providing fast, secure, efficient, responsive, and transparent online services, with the use of fiber optic technology, to government agencies in Metro Manila and Cebu. More initiatives are being pushed through to reach out to other regional locations all over the Philippines as well.

With GovNet, all government employees can connect to the Internet using the wireless facility of any building connected to the network using the GovRoam. Employees just need to log in using the appropriate credentials to do so.

In line with the ICT month celebration, the Kapihan ng mga Hepe, which is conducted monthly, will discuss the DICT law and its impact not only on the ICT field but to socio-political and economic spheres in the afternoon of June 27.

The ICT Month is a celebration observed by the ICT Office, in cooperation with other government agencies and private institutions, since 2008. This in accordance with Proclamation No. 1521, series of 2008, which designated the month of June of 2008, “and of every year hereafter, as National ICT Month.” It aims to harmonize and coordinate the ICT programs, projects, and goals of government and private organizations to promote an overall nationwide growth.

For more details, queries, or comments, please contact iGovPhil’s Events Team at 920-0101 local 2001/2621 or email them at eventsteam@i.gov.ph