Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed Senate Bill (SB) 1738 that seeks to institutionalize the transition of the government to e-governance amid the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SB 1738 or E-Governance Act of 2020 mandates the government to establish an “integrated, interconnected, and interoperable information and resource-sharing and communications network spanning the national and local government, an internal records management information system, an information database, and digital portals for the delivery of public services.”

The bill also pushes to remove the paper-based and other traditional workflows for a more efficient and transparent public service.

Go explained that the transition of the government to the digital age has been a long time coming. He also added that the COVID-19 pandemic “highlighted gaps, both foreseen and unforeseen, in the delivery of government services in the country.

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