Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DOST-ASTI presents apps, services on ICT Month

VARIOUS Philippine government Information and Communications Technology (ICT) applications and services are being introduced to commemorate the National ICT Month this June 10-14 at the ICT Office, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
National ICT Month at Information and Communication Technology Office, UP, QC
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Project, launched: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), government-wide email system (GovMail), government cloud (GovCloud), Agency Records Inventory System (AgRIS), and Government Website Template.

In a press statement, Denis F. Villorente, iGovPhil project director said: “These applications and systems all contribute to more efficient government operations that redound to the benefit of the citizens through faster delivery of goods and services.” 
DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo and Denis F. Villorente, iGovPhil project director during the event
Villorente continued: “the PKI will provide added security to government online transactions and communications with the use of dual keys for sealing and opening documents online and the use of digital certificates for authentication and verification. The technology is useful not only within the government but also in transactions with the public like delivery of services and online payment.”

The GovMail is a distinct uniform government email online identity. “The email, including data and other records will be stored in a remote and secure facility,” he said, referring to GovCloud.

The “cloud” is a server and storage facility usually offered by private third-party providers to free their clients of the worries of backing up and safeguarding their data. The GovCloud is owned and operated by the government and data is hosted at a government data center.

Government agencies were encouraged to use government website template that will create a unique corporate identity and will provide 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 confidently 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.”

Moreover, AgRIS is an inventory of files, documents and records kept by each government agency. Its role is to keep track and provide a list of all these records and store them in a government data center in preparation for the eventual implementation of the National Archives and Records Management (NARM) program. NARM aims to optimize the use of government resources by integrating existing assets and improve public service by speeding up document research, access and processing.

An executive briefing and consultations with government agencies were held on the first day. Other ongoing events are job fair, IT solutions fair and tech talks, policy stakeholders’ consultations, cyber security meeting, series of training on government website, Wordpress and Joomla training, signing of memoranda of agreement and videos and demonstrations of iGovPhil products and services, AgRIS and ARMIS Demo to all Manila agencies and consultation about iGov services.

The iGovPhil Project envisions to achieve transparency and efficiency in government by setting up relevant mechanisms to implement interactive, interconnected and interoperable government applications and online services.

ICT enthusiasts may like to visit this event, drop by this week. :)
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