The campaign for “a smarter government, smarter Philippines” through the use of information and communications technology can only be achieved if people in and out of government will support the initiative.

This was the conclusion of Denis Villorente, project director of the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Program, during the celebrations of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 24-28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Villorente said the support of the citizens and agencies is crucial in achieving harmony in government use of ICT as laid out in the eGovernment Master Plan. “[Harmonization] is what we are really aiming for. In the end, we want to become a more competitive Philippines that provides better government services to its people,” Villorente said.

Villorente also gave an update of the projects of iGovPhil, particularly on the fiber optic networks, data centers, and shared services. The fiber optic cables are ready for installation into government buildings in Metro Manila, he said, and two government data centers, one in a commercial facility, are already operational. A third data center, he added, is currently being developed in Subic Bay in Zambales and will be available sometime next year.

On cloud computing, Villorente said iGovPhil is already hosting 19 government agencies and 132 virtual machines. “We hope for these numbers to grow after this forum. By that time, people will have already been convinced that investing in the cloud is a smart move,” Villorente said.

The NSTW is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which aims to provide a medium for people to exhibit innovations and updates in the field of science and technology. Through the NSTW, the DOST hopes to encourage people to pursue advancement through industry development, agricultural productivity, disaster preparedness, quality healthcare and IT business process management.

For more information about the National Science and Technology Week 2014, please visit this page.