The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology approved a proposed bill establishing e-government, also known as House Bill (HB) No. 1248.
The E-government Act aims to develop, promote, and inter-link electronic government services and processes in all state agencies and corporations in the Philippines.
Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative LRay Villafuerte principally authored and proposed the bill since the 17th Congress to achieve an integration between the government and the digitally-driven country.
Resource persons from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Chief Information Officers Forum (CIOF), and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) expressed support for the bill.
“Let’s not dilly-dally on this. This bill is very timely,” said Representative Victor Yap of Tarlac 2nd District and the House Committee’s panel chairman.
The E-government Act, a refiled bill from the previous Congress, resurfaced with a new purpose as the country gears to having better online and information technology-based processes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.