Ten Philippine city mayors have been given national awards for their use of ICT in public administration and government transparency.
Cagayan de Oro City (population, 163,676) was ranked first of the 10, followed by San Fernando City, Pampanga, Makati City, Valenzuela, Mandaluyong, Cebu City, Balanga City, Bataan, Angeles City, Batangas City and Taguig.
The 2014 E-Readiness Leadership Awards “recognise city mayors who are pioneering the adoption and strategic use of ICT to enhance their delivery of government services , improve revenue/tax collection efforts and promote transparency in government operations”, a central government statement said.
E-readiness indicates the “level of preparedness of the [local government unit] to implement ICT projects and to participate in major ICT project initiatives such as e-government, smarter cities and other projects that aim to exploit the opportunities and potentials offered by the effective and strategic use of ICT”, the government explained.
The major indicators used to assess the local governments’ e-readiness are ICT capability, technology environment and web presence maturity. Other indicators include the presence of an ICT development plan, internet connectivity and presence of an ICT or Management Information Systems unit in the local government.
The assessment process saw 143 cities participate in a joint survey by the Philippines Government and United States Agency for International Development.
In an interview with FutureGov in April, Oscar Moreno (pictured), award-winning Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, said: “If we want to achieve more for our people, technology is the key.” The city plans to invest in technology to improve information sharing and enable easier planning, he added.