ICT Office and ADB kick off National e-Government Infrastructure Sharing Project

Quezon City, PH – The National e-Government infrastructure Sharing Project held a kick-off ceremony on March 18, 2016 at the Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

In attendance were representatives from the ADB, Department of Energy (DOE), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), National Transmission Commission (TransCo), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Power Sector Assets & Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

DOST-ICTO Undersecretary, Louis Napoleon Casambre, opened the program, delivering the welcome address on behalf of DOST Secretary, Mario Montejo. In his speech, he highlighted the due importance of Science in sustainable national development. He cited all of DOST’s efforts towards achieving development, particularly in the field of Information and Communications Technology. Undersecretary Casambre called for the need to strengthen the Philippines’ eGovernment infrastructure, citing UN reports on eGovernance, where the Philippines has shown a steep decline. He stated that through infrastructure sharing, interoperability between government agencies can be promoted, making it easier to execute G2G and G2B transactions. The impact of shared infrastructure benefits the Filipino public as well, not only in providing transparency through eGovernance, but also in giving improved connectivity for easier transactions.