Representatives of various agencies met on Wednesday, 21 September 2016, for an orientation on the planned single website that will provide services to the public on demand.

The National Government Portal (NGP), a one-stop-shop of online services, is seen to simplify transactions in government, avoid crowding in offices and minimize – if not eliminate – red tape. It features a single window that users can visit to get information, such as birth, marriage or death, or enter into transactions for services offered by various government agencies.

Stephanie Azarias, head of iGovPhil’s NGP team, addresses the participants of the orientation session for the single government portal on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

Stephanie Azarias, head of iGovPhil’s NGP team, addresses the participants of the orientation session for the single government portal on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

The participants to Wednesday’s event, held at the DICT office, were introduced to the technical, policy, and logistic aspects of the NGP. They were also briefed about all NGP requirements, responsibilities, and transition schedule that they need to follow in order to migrate.

Representatives of the agencies are scheduled to attend a series of training on NGP by the last quarter of this year to initiate the migration of their web content to the portal.

The three-day transition training will be conducted in four batches starting on 12-14 October 2016, with two weeks of interval in each batch. Agencies from health, education, foreign affairs, and ICT sectors are the identified priorities to migrate their data to the NGP.

“We conduct these transition workshops to identify the common applications among different government agencies and eventually harmonize government services,” NGP team leader Stephanie Azarias said.

The Phase 1 of the web content migration will require agencies to submit an NGP transition plan and a draft website that shall follow the Uniform Web Content Policy, website naming policy and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

The NGP is an initiative of the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project of the Department of Information and Communication (DICT) and the Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI). The integration plan follows the administrative order mandating all government offices and agencies, government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), and inter-agency collaborations, programs, and projects to completely integrate their websites to the NGP.