July 16, 2024

Baguio City hosted the Luzon leg of the First Island-Wide eLGU Caravan where three government agencies and local government units showed their commitment to collaborate and leverage technology to help facilitate delivery of services to the public.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), have agreed to reengineer their systems, processes, and procedures to ensure a seamless, end-to-end, and a whole-of-government approach in business registration process to improve bureaucratic efficiency.

They also agreed to adopt and promote innovative solutions towards an efficient public service delivery and work holistically with agencies in reforming processes through the adoption of the eLGU system and promote stakeholder engagement towards effective public-private partnership and comply with the provisions of Republic Act 11032 and other related issuances to facilitate the ease of doing business in their respective jurisdictions.

These commitments were part of the agencies’ effort to leverage technology for a faster transaction and efficient and a higher standard of service through easy navigating systems.

The government agencies signed their pledge of commitment during the Luzon leg of the eLGU Caravan in Baguio City on June 5.

The local government units meanwhile committed to be the key in an innovative and transformative technological aid for the people through effective and structured strategies.

During the Island-Wide eLGU Caravan held at the Baguio Cultural and Convention Center, micro, small, and medium enterprises also showcased their products and services through an exhibit.

The eLGU caravan is part of the government’s efforts to inspire more LGUs to streamline and provide automated services for business permit and licensing systems.

DILG Asec. Ester A. Aldana said government offices have relied heavily on paper-based transactions, processes, and manual services that prompted to the enactment of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Law to digitize and ensure a more efficient, faster service delivery, transparency and lesser opportunities for corruptions at different levels of the government.

Usec. David L. Almirol, Jr. briefed the participants on the eLGU system that is connected to the 24 eGovernment platforms, which includes eGovDX Platform, eNGA, eLGU, eGovPH, DIGITAL NATIONAL ID, eTravel, eReport, eHealth, NationalID eVerify, eVisaPH, eNews, eJobs, PH STARTUP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, eGov/Ai, eGovPay, eKYC, GREEN LANES, eGovChain and eReceipt.

ARTA Sec. Ernesto V. Perez said streamlining government processes replaces “Red-Tape into Red Carpet” for businesses to flourish and fast track all government transactions for the benefit of the citizens. – Charm Castillo