Dominguez supports e-governance proposal

Published September 28, 2020, 6:00 AM

by Chino S. Leyco

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III is throwing support behind the proposed measure seeking to digitalize all government agency services provided to the public.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Dominguez said that Senate Bill (SB) No. 1738 or the “E-Governance Act of 2020” underscores the importance of switching to electronic governance to cut red tape, upgrade the delivery of services to the people and curb corruption in the system.

Dominguez said a bill, filed by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, will institutionalize the transition to e-governance by making all possible services available to the people from the comfort of their homes or workplaces via digitalization.

“So, it makes it easier for the citizen to deal with you, it makes it easier for you to deal with them. So this is an important move,” Dominguez said of Go’s e-governance bill during a recent televised meeting called by the President with selected members of the Cabinet.

The explanatory note of SB 1738 “mandates the government to establish an integrated, interconnected, and interoperable information and resource-sharing and communications network spanning the entirety of the national and local government; an internal records management information system; an information database; and digital portals for the delivery of public services.”

A counterpart measure — House Bill (HB) No. 1248 — has also been filed in the House of Representatives by Deputy Speaker Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte.

In his state of the nation address in July, President Duterte said e-governance “will enable our bureaucracy to better transition into the ‘new normal’ and cut or minimize red tape.”

Dominguez said the Bureau of Customs, which is now in the process of digitalizing its operations, is one good example of how e-governance can improve government services and spot potential irregularities in its operations.

 He informed the President that the bureau, under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, has put in place a “sophisticated system” that allows the monitoring from the central office of all shipments entering the country’s main ports.“

(The BOC) is quite advanced in digitalization, it’s not yet perfect, but he (Guerrero) is moving towards that,” Dominguez said.