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The Philippines Connecting 160 Government Offices to Improve Efficiency, Allow Shared Services
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Philippines
Created: Jul 22, 2014

Government agencies in the Philippines’ national capital region will soon be able to collaborate and access core services such as email, online security and web hosting with a new high-speed communication network.


The government has almost completed interconnecting 160 offices in Metro Manila with fiber optic technology, Louis Napoleon Casambre, Executive Director of the ICT Office, Department of Science and Technology, announced this week.


“A slow, weak and inefficient system of government services will soon be a thing of the past,” the department said. The connected government agencies will be able to collaborate on projects, share resources and save money in the process. It will also connect them to vital services like web hosting, document and records management, email and online security, Casambre said.


This initiative is part of the national e-government project: Integrated Government Philippines. The PHP 470 million (US$ 10.8 million) project is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2015, the department said. The projects aims to integrate all functions of government agencies and simplify their processes via ICT, with a goal to create government transparency and economic progress.


A similar network will connect 12 government agencies in Cebu and is expected to be online before the end of 2014.

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