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The Philippines Launches New ICT Projects
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Philippines
Created: Jun 18, 2013

The Department of Science and Technology launched the four major components of its National IT flagship project called Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil), which aims to enhance the efficiency of government operations and services by leveraging ICT.


The IT components launched includes: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Government-wide email system (GovMail), Government Cloud (GovCloud), Agency Records Inventory System (AgRIS), and Government Website Template.


According to iGovPhil project director Denis F. Villorente, the PKI will provide added security to government online transactions and communications by using dual keys for sealing and opening documents online.


“Since it also uses digital certificates for authentication and verification, PKI is useful not only in government services but also in other transactions with the public, such as online payments.”


He added that with GovMail, the government will have a uniform email and online identity. The email, including data and other records, will be stored in the GovCloud, a secure server and storage facility owned and operated by the Philippine government.


Meanwhile, part of the effort to give the government a unique corporate identity is the creation of the Government Website Template. Government agencies are urged to adopt the template to give their websites a common “look and feel.”


“With one look, the user will be able to say that this is a Philippine government website,” Villorente said. “The agencies, of course, still control content on their sites. They will have features that show their line of service, like content and presentation.”


AgRIS is an inventory of files, documents and records kept by each government agency. It aims to keep track and provide a list of all these records and store them in a government data centre in preparation for the eventual implementation of the National Archives and Records Management (NARM) project.


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