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November 26, 2009: When I decided to Step Forward For The First Time

(NOTE: Below is my public statement when I announced my intention to run for the Congressional Race of Bacolod in 2010. These are My DREAMS for Bacolod 9 years ago. On November 26, 2009  I faced the public to share these dreams. My dreams never changed – until today – I have consistently worked to help achieve this dreams even when I am in the PRIVATE sector. Even when only 17,000 Bacolodnons believed in these dreams in 2010.)


Slide1Today, I have no choice but to face the question I have long dreaded to ask myself – and that is whether I will think of myself first before I think of my city, before I think of my country.

I have resolved that question last April 2009 – Easter Sunday which symbolizes a new beginning. My calling is to start a new beginning for Bacolod. A beginning that will prove to the world that our city can afford to chose its leaders conscientiously, that our leaders can present themselves to the people without spending hundreds of millions to acquire a seat of power, that our leaders can be of public service without buying votes, that our people can actually demand for a transparent and accountable, responsive and humane governance from its chosen leaders.

Life – I have always believed – is about choice. Every day we are faced with choices, some minor ones like what to eat for dinner or what movie to watch. And some are major ones, like getting married or choosing a career. Most of the time, we are the ones enjoying or suffering the consequences of the choices we make.

For instance, the choice of a candidate is not as easy as our choice of what food to eat, unfortunately some of us have no choice but to choose what is available. Yet the choices we make every election not only tells of the kind of persons we are, but also speaks of the kind of leaders we have, and about the kind of city we will eventually see. While we complain about the kind of leaders we have, we should also realized that they are simply but a product of our choices.

As the day of reckoning approaches – I am compelled to make that choice.

Last week in Malaysia, during the Asia-Pacific Young Global Leaders Summit were I represented the Philippines along with several other top Filipino leaders chosen by Asia Society Foundation – I cannot help but share as a leadership story – the political landscape of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. I began by saying that our province used to be the Sugar Capital of Asia. So the economy was mainly controlled by the landlords and the wealthy class. Now in the 21st century, when information controls the global economy – I realized that our city resist change. I realized that Bacolod has not really developed young leaders who were essentially molded under the concepts of the Information Age – to be responsible for the future of our community.

As I sat in one room with a lady astronaut, a renowned film director and an Olympic gymnast from India, CEO’s of big corporations from Asia and the US, big names in the media, arts, science, and human rights activism from China, Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, Australia and many other countries last week – I had these strange feeling of awe and sadness that most of them where younger than I am. At age 37, I felt I had not accomplished anything compared to all these young leaders. At one point – I felt I was too parochial in my thoughts to just think of Bacolod and not look at Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, or the world.

Then I told myself – I am proud of what I am of what I have become no matter how small I have achieved.   On the last day of the summit, I stood up once again to say – that fighting corruption, ensuring the survival of this planet, promoting corporate social responsibility and the many other missions that we all want to accomplish as young leaders – oftentimes need to be an INSIDE JOB. I am proud to be a young Filipino politician – doing what little I can from the inside to change the system in my own little way.

As my fellow Asia 21 young leader, and now CNN Global Hero – Efren Penaflorida say – there is a hero in each of us. As President Barack Obama believes – it is up to us to decide whether we will continue to believe in the politics of hypocrisy and cynicism or this time – believe in the politics of hope and change.

BACOLOD HAS NO TIME TO WASTE.  We need to address squarely the global challenges and demands of the 21st century with timely, relevant and responsive solutions and strategies to ensure that our city reach her full potential.

WE WILL SOON FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR CHOICES. As early as now, we want you to know that YOU HAVE A CHOICE – between repetitious political promises couched in motherhood statements or unsustainable projects and political rewards of minimal impact OR relevant and realistic solutions with immediate and long-term effects studied and prepared by you – as stakeholders yourselves for the last six years.

The big question is – IS BACOLOD READY FOR A NEW BRAND OF LEADERSHIP? Is there a room in this city for the NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS who adhere to principle and program-based governance rather than personality and money-based politics?

To the People of Bacolod , WE SHARE WITH YOU OUR BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE OF BACOLOD IN THE INFORMATION AGE. If you want it – the decision to MAKE IT HAPPEN is IN YOUR HANDS.

UNESCAP cites participation by both men and women as a key cornerstone of good governance. Participation could be either direct or through legitimate intermediate institutions or representatives. Participation needs to be informed and organized.

OUR VISION IS A Bacolod that is characterized by a self-sufficient local economy, humane and dynamic leadership, transparent, accountable, participatory and responsive governance, and up-to-date sustainable strategies and approaches that contribute to the evolution of one of Bacolod as one most ideal cities of the 21st century.

  1. Self-Sufficient Local Economy means FOOD ON THE TABLE, HOUSE OF YOUR OWN, BUDGET FOR EDUCATION, HEALTH AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES BECAUSE OF MORE JOBS
  • MORE JOBS IN THE IT-BPO INDUSTRY. See Bacolod as one of the Top 50 Emerging Cities in The World for Outsourcing (like Cebu, Davao and Pasig) and reach the target of 10,000 jobs by December 31, 2010 (as of now there are 6,000 jobs in the call center industry alone) by aggressively pursuing initiatives in other IT-based outsourcing such as software, transcription, back office, and animation
  • NEW JOBS FOR NEW MARKETS. Produce an initial pool of top-caliber Bacolodnon animators trained by the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) and incubate software programmers through local incubation companies catering to local market
  • PRODUCT-BASED JOBS. Put into operation more industrial and manufacturing zones in Bacolod to support local manufacturers and attract investments or partner with the province in developing zones outside of Bacolod (aside from the 16 PEZA-accredited IT ecozones in Bacolod today)
  • MORE JOBS IN THE SERVICE SECTOR. Develop Bacolod as the premier Health and Wellness Destination in Western Visayas and as Emerging Retirement and Medical Tourism Industry Destination in the Visayas
  • OPPORTUNITIES EVEN FOR PEOPLE WITH NO JOBS. Establish a functional Informal Sector Center to assist, address, maximize and  integrate the potential of informal sector workers such as vendors, drivers, construction workers, plumbers, carpenters, freelance professionals and the like
  • SKILLS DEVELOPMENT TO ATTRACT MORE JOBS. Creation of a Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) for Bacolod that will actively be involved in skills training and business matching, product development, identification of markets, branding and promotions and facilitation of trade missions and international and local exhibitions
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AND TRAININGS FOR TEACHERS TO PREPARE OUR TALENT POOL FOR AVAILABLE JOBS. To eventually integrate new disciplines such as Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME),  Multi-Media and Animation, Business Process Management and ITIL in the academe, congressional scholarships and study grants will be offered to teachers
  • BRIDGING COURSES TO EMPOWER OUT-OF SCHOOL YOUTH AND NEAR HIRES. To increase the chances of getting hired, scholarship grants for short-term bridging courses will be offered in cooperation with TESDA, industry and other concerned sectors
  1. Humane and Dynamic Leadership means MORE SOCIAL SERVICES TO ENSURE CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, WOMEN AND CHILD PROTECTION, ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES AND QUALITY EDUCATION
  • GUIDING THE YOUTH TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS. Establish a Comprehensive Youth Rehabilitation Program which will entail a 24-Hour Youth Crisis Center and community-based interventions (Compliance with RA 9344)
  • GIVING CHILDREN A CHANCE TO DEVELOP. Develop programs to reduce the incidence of child labor by 50 percent for the next three years and increase the coverage of out-of-school youth population of Bacolod under the alternative learning system (ALS) program by 80 to 90 percent (Compliance with RA 9231)
  • IMPROVED FIRST LEVEL HEALTH SERVICES AND ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES. Empower ground personnel delivering health management services in the grassroots level through trainings and benefits and establishment of “botika sa barangay” promoting generic medicines
  • PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM MODERN-DAY ABUSES. Strengthen the multi-level, multi-tiered human trafficking program of Bacolod City in the aspect of prevention, prosecution and conviction (Compliance with RA 9208)
  • IMPROVED SERVICES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Improvement of the One-Stop-Shop concept of the Bacolod Women Center to include immediate legal and psychological assistance to abused women and children
  • DEVELOPING CHILD-FRIENDLY LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN. Assist the family courts to put in place child-friendly teleconferencing facilities to ensure a child-sensitive court proceedings
  • IMPROVED GENERAL HEALTH SERVICES. Establishment of Bacolod City Hospital and more services for early detection of lifestyle illnesses, Creation of a Blood Bank for Bacolod, and Improvement of a Child Protection Unit (CPU) especially in terms of forensic equipment, and development
  • AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY AND INDUSTRY-CALIBRATED EDUCATION. Conversion of the Bacolod City College into a the Bacolod City Polytechnic University with more technical and bridging courses,
  1. Transparent, Accountable, Participatory and Responsive Governance means effective participation of stakeholders in planning, implementation and utilization of congressional funds and resources
  • RELEVANT AND SECTOR-BASED DELIVERY OF PROGRAMS. Establish a Congressional Office and Create 8 Congressional Desks: (1) Women & Children, (2) Business Sector (3) Senior Citizens (4) Persons With Disabilities (PWD’s), (5) Youth and Sports, (6) Urban/Rural Poor, (7) Informal Sector, (8) Arts and Culture
  • TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY IN ALL PROGRAMS. Open all congressional programs and utilization of funds to the public participation from the planning, procurement, implementation, oversight, monitoring and evaluation levels
  • DYNAMISM AND PARTICIPATION IN LEGISLATION. Conduct regular congressional hearings involving national laws in Bacolod including regular consultative meetings with all stakeholders on various issues
  1. Up-To-Date and Sustainable Strategies and Approaches mean MORE RELIABLE AND CHEAP POWER AND NO GARBAGE PROBLEM 
  • WASTE-TO-MONEY. Start Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the City s by obtaining carbon credits and climate change grants for development of sustainable waste diversion programs (waste-to-energy, bio-fertilizers, re-usable items from waste for livelihood programs, hazardous and toxic waste buy-back centers, recycling plants ) and develop programs and grant or assistance to encourage barangays to engage actively in waste diversion programs or ZERO-waste projects
  • RELIABLE AND CHEAP CLEAN AND ENERGY. Develop programs to encourage renewable energy projects for integration to the Bacolod ’s power supply to provide sufficient “green energy” for a stable but reasonably priced electricity

BACOLOD’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROVINCE AND THE PHILIPPINES

  • COMPLEMENTARY RELATIONS BETWEEN BACOLOD AND NEGROS OCCIDENTAL. Help create and/or initiate a more harmonious, dynamic, and complementary relations with all the congressional districts of the province to produce a province-wide triennium development  agenda
  • GREEN BACOLOD FOR A GREEN PHILIPPINES . Help create an environmental bloc in Congress composed of “green-minded representatives” with the pressure and support of international, national and local environmental organizations
  • HELP THE PHILIPPINES IT-BPO SECTOR. Become the voice and the champion of information and communications technology (ICT) – business process outsourcing (BPO) in the House of representatives
  • INVEST IN A BRIGHT FUTURE BY INVESTING IN CHILDREN. Help create a child rights advocates bloc in congress composed of representatives who advocate children’s rights and welfare with the pressure and support of international, national and local environmental organizations

PROPOSED BILLS TO BE AUTHORED OR SUPPORTED IN THE 15TH CONGRESS

  • Empowerment of the Purok System in the Barangays thereby amending the Local Government Code
  • Amending the 60-40 income sharing of the National Government and LGU to 40-60 share (40% National Share and 60% Local Share)
  • Improvement of the Women and Children’s Protection Centers
  • Empowerment of Volunteer Personnel in the LGU level such as Barangay Heath Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Social Workers, Child Development Workers and Day Care Workers
  • Creation of a Family Welfare Officer and Barangay Environment Officer
  • Increase of Income Tax Deductions and Exemptions

REGULAR PROJECTS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

  • Maintenance and Construction of Roads will now be subjected to People’s Quality Monitoring Groups which shall be encouraged to affiliate with anti-corruption units and “graftwatch” groups
  • Immediate identification of priority roads such all roads leading or serving as access to elementary/secondary schools and health care and children’s facilities and all roads serving as access road to big volumes of pedestrians
  • Provision of medicines and medical facilities for the less fortunate residents of Bacolod through the City and government hospitals and improvement of early detection equipment such as mammogram and thermal scanning devices
  • Facilitation of government social security benefits to the less fortunate residents of Bacolod

Provision of congressional budget or assistance to the city government for the effective implementation of all APPROVED ORDINANCES authored by Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue as councilor:

  • Creation of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons
  • Annual Gawad Kooperatiba Awards
  • Procedures for SP Endorsement to PEZA of ICT Parks , Buildings, Tourism Development Zones and Economic Zones
  • Celebration of April 22 as Earth Day in Bacolod City
  • Protection of Household and Domestic Workers
  • The Gender and Development Code of Bacolod City
  • Institutionalizing Informal Sector Workers Programs
  • Observance of June 13 to 19 as Social Work Week
  • Development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry and Creation of the ICT Council
  • Effective implementation of the Law against Worst Forms of Child Labor Observance of December 1 to 7 as non-Government Organizations-People’s Organizations Week
  • Prevention of sexually-transmitted infections (STI), Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Creation of Bacolod Local STI/HIV/AIDS Council
  • Declaring Bacolod as Organic City and Regulating GMO
  • Mauricio Ferrero, OAR Street Ordinance
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programs

PENDING ORDINANCES:

  • Development of Retirement and Medical Special Tourism Economic Zones
  • Barangay Micro-Business Enterprise (BMBE) Ordinance of Bacolod City
  • Bacolod Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) Ordinance
  • Transparency and Accountability Ordinance of Bacolod City
  • Ten Outstanding Barangay Officials of the Year Award Ordinance
  • CATV and Internet Signal Pilferage Ordinance of Bacolod City
  • Watershed Development and Water Conservation Programs for Bacolod City
  • Community Work Service (CWS) Ordinance of Bacolod City
  • Integrated Health and Wellness Program

If you want to know more about these programs, call (034) 7096135 or email attyjebs@gmail.com today and HELP SHAPE BACOLOD’S FUTURE. BE A CHANGEMAKER!

 

 

 

 

Creating Cities of Hope Through SITIO: Social Innovation Through Impact Outsourcing

sitio-logo-yellow.jpgDespite its vast natural, mineral and agricultural resources, Mindanao remains to be the poorest geographical cluster of the Philippines. Eleven of the twenty poorest provinces are in Mindanao. On top of the list is the Province of Lanao Del Sur.

Marawi is the capital and the largest city of the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It has a population of more than 200K.

Iligan City is a highly urbanized city in the Northern Mindanao region, . It is geographically within the province of Lanao del Norte but administered independently from the province.

It is one of the 10 largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area and has a population of more than 300K.

Marawi City is approximately 39 kilometers away from Iligan City. Located in different provinces – the cities of Ilgan and Marawi, although belonging to different provinces, apparently different in its peace and order situation, share a lot of things in common. Education, trade commerce, transportation. Although Marawi is predominantly Muslim, Iligan has always been a melting pot of all different religions as a trade and commerce hub.

Iligan City has constantly strived to elevate itself as one of the destinations for jobs and investments, especially those created as a result of information and communications technology. While other cities in the Philippines has only connectivity and talent development issues to fix, Iligan has to assure investors of good peace and order. Today, despite all efforts, Iligan, and the whole Lanao Del Norte lag behind in terms availability of jobs.

When war broke out last May 2017 between government and rebel forces, the fate of two cities became more intertwined.

Evacuees from war-torn Marawi City now total to 9,252 families or 43,159 individuals evacuated from Marawi City, transforming many public facilities in the city into evacuation centers.

In the midst of poverty, hunger, the lack of economic opportunities, as well as religious and cultural conflicts, the impoverished youth of Mindanao are prone to “live by the gun”, prone to recruitment by rebel armed groups in exchange for meager subsistence. Low standards of living make the youth of Mindanao vulnerable to various kinds of indoctrination by global and local extremists groups. These extremist groups exploit the lack of food, health care, education and opportunity to make an honest living or availability of decent jobs.

Marawi and other Mindanao cities is the perfect setting for inclusive growth and a chance for young Filipinos to feel benefits of the Information Age by making information and communications technology (ICT) a tool for them to lift themselves from their own situation.

My proposed solution or alternative is called SITIO or Social Innovation Through Impact Outsourcing (SITIO). More of SITIO on this site – SITIO in YOUTUBE

Social Innovation and Impact Sourcing are two different global concepts – that can be combined to create a concrete solutions to generate jobs in Iligan that can positively affect Marawi.

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Social Innovation Through Impact Outsourcing (SITIO) is a holistic approach to unemployment in poverty-stricken armed conflict-ridden areas where there is lack of decent jobs and economic opportunities to make an honest living, but leveraging on the growth of new business models evolving around the use of information and communications technology.

Social Innovation is defined as the application of innovative, practical, sustainable, market-based approaches to benefit society in general, and low-income or underserved populations in particular. Social innovation means being more strategic, more ambitious and more collaborative in how access and opportunity can be provided for billions of low-income people to participate in the global economy. (World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation)

Impact Sourcing is defined as an inclusive employment practice through which companies in global supply chains intentionally hire and provide career development opportunities to people who otherwise have limited prospects for formal employment, to deliver business outcomes. Impact sourcing has been shown to provide many business benefits, including access to new sources of talent, higher levels of employee engagement, and lower attrition rates, while offering employees their first step onto a career ladder that leads to economic self-sufficiency through income growth, skills development, and professional advancement (Global Impact Sourcing Coalition)

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Social Innovation Through Impact Outourcing (SITIO) combines the concepts of Social Innovation and Impact Sourcing with former as the end and the latter as the means.

An Impact Sourcing Service Provider (ISSP) in a pilot facility shall provide services to a Partner Social Innovator Corporation (PSIC) for any of the following services:

  • Contact Center Services (voice-driven telemarketing, vernacular support, technical or help desk, sales)
  • Data Processing (encoding, data entry, data mining, data capture, document digitization and archiving, data validation/quality, and transcription)
  • Content Services (editing, copy-reading, digital marketing, translation, image clean-up, or production of articles, graphics, visual arts)
  • Data Analysis (basic online research, content, image or location tagging)
  • Finance and Accounting (collection support, billing)

The overall goal is to create a successful ISSP-PSIC partnership in the poorest provinces of Mindanao, to uplift the socio-economic conditions of these provinces and indirectly resolve poverty and peace and order problem in these areas.

The initial stage of the project is to set up a pilot ISSP in Iligan City found in Lanao del Norte which is the 11th poorest province in the Philippines. The concrete output shall be a facility that can hold 100 fully-equipped work stations of approximately 1.5 square meters per work station, an office, dedicated server room, training room and pantry. The process of fit-out shall be completed after three months from the turn-over of the facility. Recruitment and training of the first set of workers shall commence upon the start of the project to end simultaneously with the completion of the facility fit-out.

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  1. Infrastructure – center or building for operations, power, utility and connectivity
  2. Trained Management Team – a pilot ISSP team to manage the facility
  3. Human Resource – trained impact sourcing workers
  4. Government Support – fiscal and non-fiscal incentives from government for talent development, marketing, security and other concerns
  5. Industry Collaboration – string support from industry for purposes of developing and identifying potential PSIC
  6. Availability of Online Platforms – Online platform providers developed for SITIS

SITIO will need several actors to make the model successful:

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Since the model is highly replicable, the ultimate goal of the project is to disseminate the concept to the rest of Mindanao and other poorest provinces in the Philippines.

The participation also aims to secure initial financial investment for the requirements to start the pilot ISSP in Iligan City and also in order to gain project momentum and support.

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Pilot Program of SITIO

SITIO ILIGAN LAUNCHING

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Private and public stakeholders of Iligan City launched yesterday, June 27, the initiative to create more digital jobs and opportunities under a concrete business framework named as SITIO (Social Innovation Through Impact Outsourcing).

Heading the launch were acting Iligan mayor Jemar Vera Cruz, city councilors Jesse Ray Balanay and Belinda Lim, lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, the author of SITIO and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Mindanao Cluster 2 head Eva May Dela Rosa.

SITIO was principally developed by Batapa-Sigue, as part of her Future of Work project as a Philippine Eisenhower Fellow in 2017, and as a continuing commitment as one the outstanding women in nation service (TOWNS) for 2016 in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) and former president of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).’

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SITIO ILIGAN encourages the city to promote social enterprise that applies business strategies and earning income or profits for external shareholders to bring about concrete social change such as job generation, talent development and innovation.

The components of SITIO are infrastructure, consisting of facility, center or building for administration and operations, PC, other equipment, power, utility and connectivity; a dedicated and well-structured social enterprise management board and marketing team, availability of human resource, preferably trained digital online workers or freelancers with an inventory of skills inventory and portfolio and an online platforms system for virtual work. In the case of SITIO Iligan, the website is wrupup.com.

To be successful, there must be a strong collaboration among stakeholders and with industry, government support, partnerships with academe and training institutions and commitment of the key implementers.

The concrete facility of SITIO is a hybrid facility that combines the characteristics of a homegrown BPO work stations, shared service facility or co-working spaces, talent development or training center and business resource center and innovation hub.

SITIO rides on the wave of the constantly growing practice of outsourcing or the hiring a party outside a company to perform services or create goods that are usually performed in-house by the company’s own employees and staff or are non-core aspects of the business.

Today, outsourcing, specifically business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), and information technology outsourcing (ITO) have gone beyond just for the purpose of cost arbitrage but also implemented by corporations for efficiency, productivity, or more focus on core tasks, flexibility, as well as opportunity to tap on new skills sets and competencies.

The war for talent has been a challenge for all companies today such that the evolution of process outsourcing has become a world-wide phenomenon from simple staff augmentation, to project-based outsourcing, out-tasking or professional contracting to managed services and offshoring.

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HOW DO WE EMPOWER CITIES TO BECOME DIGITAL CITIES?

IMG_0154 (2)Inspirational Message of Senator Sonny Angara

DIGITAL CITIES PH AWARDS:  Best Practices in eGovernance for LGUs

Friday, October 12, 2018| Jose Rizal Hall, PICC, Pasay City

WHILE WE CONTINUE TEACHING STUDENTS GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES USING MAPS THAT DIVIDE HUMANITY INTO COUNTRIES, THE WORLD TODAY SHOULD BE SEEN AS A COMPLEX WEB OF CONNECTIONS.  AND IN THAT WEB, CITIES—MEGACITIES, IN FACT—ARE BECOMING MORE IMPORTANT, MORE DECISIVE TO HOW THINGS MOVE, CHANGE AND EVOLVE IN THE WORLD.

Parag Khanna, a Senior Research fellow at the New America Foundation, wrote in 2011: “The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the City.  In a world that increasingly appears ungovernable, cities—not states—are the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built.”

Let’s look at the numbers. According to the UN, up to 55 percent of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and is projected to increase to 68 percent by 2050. Historical data shows that while the world’s urban population was only 751 million people in the 1950s, today it has already ballooned to 4.2 billion. That means nearly half of the world’s population are technically city-dwellers.

According to the World Bank, more than 80 percent of global GDP is generated in cities. In fact, one Citylab article calculated that if you add the GDP of the ten largest metropolitan cities in the world, it would be bigger than the entire GDP of Japan and Germany combined.

There are various reasons for such developments, but I think chief among them is the advent of connectivity through ICT and the Internet. 

ADMITTEDLY HOWEVER, WE’RE STILL GOING THROUGH THE STEPS TO IMPROVE ICT CONNECTIVITY IN THE COUNTRY.  

 We remain in the lower tiers of global internet speed indices (97 out of 125 for mobile speed, 84 out of 135 for broadband per Ookla speed monitor) averaging only 14 to 17 megabits per second. The slow speed takes away potential revenue of small businesses and disrupts essential online government services. Consider how lagging networks waste a full working week (4-5.5 days) per year according to a 2013 study by storage company Sandisk.

Government expenditure must be towed to match private sector investment on ICT infrastructure, where we have a little over 16,000 cell sites funded exclusively by telco companies compared to Vietnam’s 70,000 and China’s million invested by both state and private firms. For a single cell site to be assembled, more than 20 permits are needed combined with an 8-month waiting time and all with the risk of being denied by homeowners’ associations.

THIS ISN’T TO SAY HOWEVER THAT THE “ICT REVOLUTION” IN THE PHILIPPINES HASN’T BEEN GAINING MOMENTUM OVER THE YEARS.

In fact, we’ve achieved strides, especially now that an entire department—the DICT—is focused on making that revolution happen all over the country.  We are now seeing the first, albeit slow and rocky, steps in the roll-out of the DICT’s Free Internet Wi-Fi program. But we’ve also registered gains in some of its projects like Rural Impacting Sourcing and Tech4Ed.

Likewise, we have witnessed the breakthrough 400% growth of average internet speeds in the country—the most in ASEAN in the last 5 years And soon, due to the efforts of Acting Secretary Rio, Jr and his team at the DICT, we could be welcoming a third telco player on or before December this year.

BUT WHILE EFFORTS ARE BEING DONE ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL, MUCH MORE IS DEFINITELY HAPPENING ON THE GROUND. LGUS—PARTICULARLY CITIES—ARE ALREADY LEVERAGING THE POWER OF ICT CONNECITIVITY FOR GOOD ENDS. IN FACT, THAT’S WHAT WE ARE CELEBRATING TODAY—CITIES WHO ARE MAKING BIG MOVES IN THE DIGITAL SPACE. 

In the latest 2018 Tholons Services Globalization Index (TGSI), 6 Philippine cities were included in the Top 100 “Super Cities” of the World for outsourcing, namely: Metro Manila at #2 (from #4 last year); Cebu at #11 (from #12); Davao at #75 (from 85); Bacolod at #89 (from #97); Sta. Rosa at #87 (from #100); and Iloilo at #92. In fact, the Philippines as a whole was ranked #2 in the TGSI’s Top 50 Digital Nations.

Today, 65 entries on e-Government systems emanating from 36 LGUs will vie for 17 awards on various categories—including Best in Systems for Global Competitiveness; Best in Digital Finance; Best in Data-Driven Governance; Best in Business Empowerment; and Best in Customer Empowerment.

All these simply prove that our cities have the capacity to make waves around the world, especially in the digital space.

THE FOREMOST QUESTION THEN WE NOW HAVE TO ANSWER IS—HOW DO WE EMPOWER CITIES TO BECOME DIGITAL CITIES?  HOW CAN WE BETTER HELP THEM WITH UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF ICT?  THAT IS A MATTER OF LEGISLATION, AS MUCH AS IT IS A MATTER OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER. 

The DICT-DILG have already moved on their MOA towards digitizing and automating the business permits and licensing procedures of our LGUs.

 As Chair of the Local Government Committee, we’re working hard to pass reforms that will download more funds not just to our cities, but to all LGUs. We are also working on breaking down all the barriers they face to fiscal autonomy.

 In fact, there are several measure on data transparency of LGUs, pending in our committee that would be better implemented if ICT connectivity were enhanced.  These include:  

SBN 1002 (Sen. Gatchalian) – establishing an Information Technology Office in every municipality, city and province;

SBN 481 (Sen. Trillanes) – establishing a public finance website in every LGU, to act as a user-friendly source of information to track local revenues and expenditures; and,

SBN 511 (Sen. Trillanes) – establishing a local government information management program focused on helping LGUs build their own management of information systems.

Ultimately, there’s no better time than now for us to start getting strategic, to start finding where more synergies can be fostered in our individual efforts at making the Philippines a truly “Digital Nation.”

We may be leading now, but that could quickly change if we don’t boost our capacities and build up our ecosystems for incoming trends like Big Data, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Let’s continue the dialogue on what sorts of policies we can roll out to prepare for these developments.

FOR MANY YEARS, MY FATHER SPOKE ABOUT THE POWER OF THE INTERNET AND ICT TO CHANGE OUR SOCIETY.  NOW WE ARE SEEING FIRST-HAND WHAT THAT POWER CAN DO IN TERMS OF JOB CREATION AND GOOD GOVERNANCE—BASICALLY IN MAKING LIVES BETTER. 

Nobody has a monopoly over how this power can be used.  Hence, LGUs—not just cities, but also municipalities and provinces—should definitely dip their feet into using ICT to solve real-world problems.

And so, by recognizing our exemplars in eGovernment, hopefully, we get more to follow in their footsteps.  Congratulations to all!


 

 

 

 

 

[1] http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/urbandevelopment/overview

[2] https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/03/the-economic-power-of-global-cities-compared-to-nations/519294/

[3] Duterte Year 2: The broadband picture. Gonzales, G. Rappler. 30 June 2018. Accessed 11 October 2018. https://www.rappler.com/technology/features/206159-internet-services-philippines-duterte-administration-second-year

[4] Users lose a full working week due to slow computers. Tyson, M. Hexus. 8 October 2013. Accessed 11 October 2018. https://hexus.net/tech/news/systems/61001-users-lose-full-working-week-every-year-due-slow-computers/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3BlVne%2FT4dTZCKaErdFCYuFg%3D%3D

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Learnings from Taiwan: Building Digital Cities Through Open Governance

The emergence of “smart” or “digital cities” is fueled by the need to find new solutions to old problems, driven more by innovation aside from new technologies. Cities need to understand how development of startups in their localities can address the urgent requirements of their growing population especially in the urban areas. By opening government to its citizens especially in the area policy innovation, creating traditional and online platforms to solicit solutions, governments are able to harness ideas of the communities. Policy makers would have to take a step back an analyze how nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset among its young people can lead to solutions for their own cities. The mission appears to be huge, seeing the number of key actors who will play a vital role in eventually creating smart solutions.

By cities, we mean smaller groups within a country and its various regions, districts and provinces that live as one cohesive unit in a distinct location or area within a nation, availing of or sharing common services under one government instrumentality. Normally a city itself is distinct from its political body that governs it which is usually referred to as local government. Hence, citizens, can always have good reviews about its own city, but not its local government.

The recent Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) + Taipei 2018 in Taipei last September 27-29 run under the theme “Enabling Social Impact with AI + IoT” provided interesting insights on policy innovation for creating smart cities. One of the GEC’s highlights is a panel focusing on “Entrepreneurship Nurturing: Interaction between Thriving City and Startup Growth” and Taipei, hosting the GEC for the first time, is an ideal venue for this discussion. Taipei city government established its Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO) in 2016 to introduce innovative solutions and become a matchmaking platform for public-private partnership. The goal is to transform the whole city into a living lab and make creativity as Taipei’s DNA. More details can be found in the Smart City Taipei website.

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Taipei City focuses on five major themes: Smart Transportation, Smart Public Housing, Smart Healthcare, Smart Education, and Smart Payment. According to its website, by adopting Proof of Concept (POC) model, Taipei open up its fields to all kinds of innovative solutions for trial.

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Taipei adopts a holistic approach towards becoming a smart city. The design hits three major targets that complements each other but are three distinct and separate thrusts, namely, bring innovation into government cross-cutting projects and smart city projects, open up channels of communication, allowing citizens to communicate directly with authorities; and provide industry opportunities and promote innovative solutions through proof of concept (POC) model.

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Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang with AVPN – BMW Foundation Policy Innovation Fellow Jocelle Batapa-Sigue at GEC + Taipei

Digital Minister Audrey Tang shared during the GEC how Taiwan has initiated open governance. Tang, a Taiwanese free software program known as one of Taiwan’s great minds in computing, as a minister without portfolio joined the cabinet in 2016. Since then, she has been working closely with policy makers and implementors to initiate tech-driven solutions for social problems and needs of the country and to bridge the digital divide between generations. Taiwan has trailblazed open governance to create solutions on a regular basis.

Tang, a digital activist, started vTaiwan, known as an experimental platform in participatory governance where civil society is collaborating with government and knowing its functions.  vTaiwan consist of open-source tools for collecting policy proposals, information sharing, open debates on issues and holding polls. The project faces several challenges especially on the side of traditional and conservative government leaders.

Cities in the Philippines have a lot to learn from Taiwan’s model, notwithstanding, the targetted initiatives have begun seven years ago. In 2012, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the late Jesse Robredo, and the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP) launched the Awards for Excellence in Governance through ICT for Local Government Units (eGov Awards).

The eGov Awards recognizes local government units (LGUs), these includes cities, provinces and municipalities in the Philippines, for their best practices in utilizing ICT to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and other stakeholders.

This year, the eGov Awards was adopted by the Digital Cities PH framework of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), a new department create only in 2016. DICT continues the project under its Digital Governance component with the same objectives, which are to highlight and encourage the effective and efficient the delivery of services and performance of the duties and responsibilities by LGUs using ICT as major tool and to share and replicate innovative practices, and commend, collate and document LGUs in integrating ICT in their processes to serve as example and benchmarks to other LGU’s. The program also aims to improve the business development, social services and the general ecosystem of the LGUs and motivate the private and business sector to actively participate and/or invest in the growth of the LGU’s and to promote citizen’s responsibility and participation as well as accountability, efficiency and transparency in governance responsibility and encourage innovation.

Noting all the learning in the advocacy for e-governance solutions or solutions the integrate the use of ICT in government, here are some major recommendations for project implementors:

First, focus on the social problem that needs to be solved and not the technology. The idea that revolve around available the technologies and resources is an erroneous approach. The goal is to create significant positive change by directly addressing a problem, a bottleneck in the government system or service and to find and design solutions.

One POC is the Taipei Main Station application which provides real-time guidance to the public not only about information on train schedules and routes but where to shop, dine and find immediate services. The system comes with indoor navigation barrier-free functionality with maps, locations and directions. The system as a complete companion to point our nearest ticket counters, ATM, rest rooms and other points of interest and facilities.  The technologies are designed to be user-friendly and responsive.

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The Philippine eGOV Awards calls for four criteria – innovative management or the degree to which the system explored, applied and managed the elements and “outside-the-box” strategies that brought about its success; impact or the major results of the system, their effects and benefits to the recipients of the service; relevance or how the entry relates to the overall objectives of the local government for a particular segment or sector; and replication potential and sustainability. Impact and relevance are emphasized to ensure that solutions are not only about the technology but how it addresses the concern.

Second, harness citizens participation of open governance is generating solutions. Taiwan has been a trailblazer in operationalizing open governance to create solutions on a regular basis. Their system allows citizens to suggest and propose solutions for real problems experience and crates a process flow that eventually leads to experimenting, prototyping and institutionalizing solutions that are found to be effective. Governments of cities must be open to suggestions from its own citizens as much or even more than external vendors since end-user feedback directly addresses major pain-points, thus allowing solutions to evolve and become more effective.

By focusing on the solutions, the view that technology is an expense, and usually expensive, will change to it being an investment that eventually yield social returns. The focus of Smart Taipei is on the social issues and solutions and not the technology. Technology becomes a tool to address the bottlenecks, problems and concerns of the community.

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Third, create strategies to encourage startup companies which have the technical knowledge as well as the passion to effect social impact to participate in building smart cities solutions. Programs and avenues to develop the entrepreneurial mindset of young people is an important aspect. Startups are mostly composed of millennials, who are out to make a difference but would mostly need support from government and various sectors. By creating an ecosystem that facilitates the emergence of startups, giving them the needed support in various areas like funding, mentorship, incubator or accelerator facilities, legal services and business development will need to be in place.

Attention must be given to key issues affecting viability of startup companies to compete with large and well-established companies in bidding for smart city contracts. Two areas cited during the GEC + Taiwan conference were intellectual property and compliance. For countries like the Philippines, a more robust promotion of intellectual property rights is needed especially for tech startups.

The over-arching need, however, is for policy to support innovation. The three key points discussed could be more effectively addressed with the present of policies that will drive processes to become more responsive not just disruptive, for generation of ideas to be more inclusive and for startups to become formal sources of innovative solutions towards building smart cities.


About the Author: Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, a professor and attorney-at-law, and co-founder of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines and the Philippine ICT Innovation Network is one of 13 fellows selected to be part of the AVPN Policy Leadership Lab from June 2018 to June 2019. This Lab is a Fellowship programme designed and operated by Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Limited, a funders network headquartered in Singapore, representing 500 members that mobilise capital and resources for impact in Asia-Pacific (“AVPN”, http://avpn.asia). The Fellowship is possible with the partnership of BMW Foundation, whose Responsible Leaders Network underscores their support for programmes that cultivate policymakers that take leadership roles to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Lab cultivates the next generation of social economy policy leaders across Asia by identifying policymakers who share the commitment to build a vibrant and high impact philanthropy and social investment community in their countries. Building on the AVPN Asia Policy Forum (APF, http://avpn.asia/asiapolicyforum) and BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Network, the Lab offers high-touch and in-depth peer-learning, networking and capacity building opportunities for a select group of policymakers with AVPN membership and stakeholders. This leadership experience leverages on annual programme cycle of AVPN’s Asia Policy Forum, Membership and Knowledge Center activities and BMW Foundation global activities (where applicable), to provide extensive opportunities for learning and connecting with stakeholders that share the similar experiences and objectives.  She will explore policy strategies in creating seamless education to employment goals anchored in the development of Future of Work skills, specifically digital skills among tertiary level students. Her direction is to engage policy makers from local to national level in government, academe and business sectors. Jocelle looks forward to collaborating with various institution to achieve the goals of the Fellowship.

Luzon LGUs Bag 10 of 17 Digital Cities PH eGOV Awards 2018

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Department of ICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, NICP President Dr. Antonio del Carmen and eGovenance Project Lead (2012-2018) Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue thank the Board of Evaluators for the Digital Cities PH Awards for Best Practices in eGovernance for LGUs.

Ten local government units in Luzon bagged ten out of seventeen championship trophies during the The Digital Cities PH Awards for Best Practices in eGovernance (DCP eGOV Awards) during the awarding rites held last October 12 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.

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Senator Sonny Angara, Senate chair for Local Government, delivering an inspiration message during the awards night.

The champion LGUs are the municipalities of San Mateo in Rizal, Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro, Cavinti in Laguna, Baliwag in Bulacan and Bayamban in Pangasinan, the cities of Naga, Calapan, and Marikina and the Province of Batangas.

Two championship awards went to Cebu City, and one each for the province of Cebu and the municipality of Loon, province of Bohol. The province of Davao del Norte won all the first place trophies for Mindanao.

The DCP eGOV Awards started in 2012 as the Awards for Excellence in Governance through ICT for Local Government Units (eGov Awards) initiated by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) with the support of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Cyber City Teleservices Philippines,

This year, the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) adopted the project under its Digital Cities PH framework. The awards recognize local government units (LGUs) for their best practices in utilizing ICT to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and other stakeholders.

There are six categories, namely Customer Empowerment (G2C), Business Empowerment (G2B), Government Inter-Operability (G2G), Digital Finance (G2P), Data-Driven Governance (D2G) and Systems for Global Competitiveness (G2W). For each category, there three levels – for provinces, municipalities and cities. All entries are judges according to four criteria, namely innovative management, impact or the major results, effects and benefits of the system, relevance to the overall objectives of the local government, and replication potential and sustainability.

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DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim welcomes  attendees to the awards night.

Here is the complete list of results:

Best in eGOV Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award – This category recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU’s outstanding practices  using ICT  solutions in the education and engagement of the public and in the use of electronic facilities and channels towards providing improved, timely and relevant delivery of public services.

Cities:

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1st – MARIKINA [Correspondence Session: The Marikina City Model]

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2nd – CAGAYAN DE ORO [PWD ID Online Application]

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3rd – BAGUIO [Online Public Assistance and Complaint Desk (OPACD)]

Provinces:

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1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Public Caravan Information System (PCIS)]

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2nd – COMPOSTELA VALLEY [Comval i-Portal]

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3rd – ILOILO [Iloilo Province-Wide Eelectronic Assessment and Collection System (eAssyscols)]

Municipalities:

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1st – PINAMALAYAN, ORIENTAL MINDORO [Pinamalayan Community eCenter]

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2nd – MAUBAN, QUEZON [Mauban eLearningVille]

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3rd – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Bayambang Emergency Response System]

Best in eGOV Business Empowerment (G2B) Award – This category awards the significant effect of an LGU’s laudable practices in integrating ICT  solutions and the commitment of its  administration in the LGU’s responsiveness to the needs of business enterprises, thereby creating business  opportunities.

Cities:

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1st CALAPAN Electronics Business Inspection Monitoring System (E-BIMS) Mobile Application

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2nd – ORMOC [In House Development of Business Permit and Franchising System]

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3rd – GENERAL SANTOS [Friendly-Accessible-Simple-Timely (FAST) General Santos City Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS)]

Provinces:

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1st – CEBU [Smart Utilities for Government Business Operations (SUGBO) Program]

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2nd – DAVAO DEL NORTE [DavNor IP Telephony]

Municipalities:

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1st – LOON, BOHOL [Enhanced Loon Business-One-Stop-Shop Initiative 2.0 (ELBI 2.0)]

Best in eGOV Government Inter-Operability (G2G) Award – This category awards the valuable impact of an LGU’s initiative to connect data and systems with other government offices, both national and local for the convenience of their constituents and to improve its public service delivery.

Cities:

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1st NAGA [Alisto Serbisyo App (ASAP)]

 

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2nd – MUNTINLUPA [Budget Management and Monitoring System (BMMS)]

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3rd – PARAÑAQUE [Enhanced Human Resource Information System]

Provinces:

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1st – BATANGAS [Electronic Real Property Taxation and Assessment System]

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2nd – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Reorganization Information Management System (RIMS)]

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3rd – CEBU [Cebu Provincial Health Office (CPHO) T.E.A.M.S.]

Municipalities:

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1st – BALIWAG, BULACAN [Baliwag Integrated Profiling System (BIPS)]

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2nd – LOON, BOHOL [LGU-Barangay (LB) Connect]

Best in eGOV Data-Driven Governance (D2G) Award – This category cites the efforts of an LGU in recognizing that good governance through ICT goes hand in hand with the fair and responsible processing of data. Effective e-governance provides constituents with convenience and better services through the free flow of information while ensuring at the same time that personal data is protected.

Cities:

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1st – CEBU [GeoHazard Mapping Information System]

 

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2nd – ALAMINOS [Barangay Health Worker Information System (BHWIS) for Gender and Development (GAD) Database]

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3rd – CAUAYAN [Cauayan City Identification System]

Provinces:

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1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Version 2]

 

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2nd – LAGUNA [Integrated Hospital Operation Management Information System (iHOMIS)]

Municipalities:

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1st– SAN MATEO, RIZAL 1st – [Geographic Resilience Integrated Development Structure (GRIDS)]

 

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2nd – CAVINTI, LAGUNA [LGU Cavinti GIS-RPTA and GIS-Tax Mapping with Government Agencies, Government Revenue Application Tools System (GReAT)System]

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3rd – MINA, ILOILO [Budget, Accounting, Treasury & Assessment Electronic Comprehensive Income and Expenditures Management System (BATA-e- CIEMS)]

Best in eGOV Digital Finance Empowerment (P2G) Award – This category commends the initiative of an LGU to promote e-commerce or e-payment facilities and systems to ensure effective revenue generation and collection and improving the over-all financial management of the LGU as well as giving convenience to the public.

Cities:

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1st – MAKATI [Computerized Barangay Real Property Tax Payment (RPT)]

Municipalities:

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1st – CAVINTI, LAGUNA [Local Finance System using GReAT System]

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2nd – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Integrated Local Government Unit System]

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3rd – LOON, BOHOL [Enhanced Loon Business-One-Stop-Shop Initiative Pay (ELBI Pay)]

Best in eGOV Systems for Global Competitiveness (G2W) Award – This category cites the efforts of an LGU in developing world class systems in using ICT that are at par with international or internationally – recognized standards, thus making the LGU globally competitive, recognized, and virtually accessible and interactive.

Provinces:

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1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Aksyon Gabay Tungo sa Repormasyon – Information

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2nd – [AKLAN oneAklan Want Aklan online platform]

Municipalities:

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1st – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Motorized Tricycle Operators Permit System wih e-Tagging Technology]

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2nd – BALIWAG, BULACAN [Baliwag High FVE Mobile App]

Cities:

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1st – CEBU [Cebu Business Application and OnLine Analytics (CEBALA)]

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2nd – CAUAYAN Cauayan City Connect

 

To know more about the projects or get in touch with the LGU proponents, please email egov@nicp.org.ph.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iligan City to Host Digital Career Expo and Freelancer Fair

iliganThe Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Council of Iligan City is set to hold the Iligan leg of the Philippine Freelancers Caravan, Digital Career Expo and Freelancer Fair, on October 25-26, 2018 at the Iligan Medical Center College with the theme, “Up your game”. The two-day interactive event seeks to promote and support the growth of digital careers and online freelancing activities in the city by providing a venue for stakeholders to showcase their companies, exchange ideas, and share best practices. It also aims to provide awareness to the public about the opportunities and trends in digital careers or online freelancing as well as provide an avenue for existing companies in the ICT industry to showcase their services and products.

Industry key players are invited to take part in the City’s first-ever Digital Career Expo and Freelancer Fair. Mr. Jonathan de Luzuriaga, President of the Philippine Software Industry Association, is the keynote speaker. Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Co-Founder and Current Vice President of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, will be presenting the rationale of the Philippine Freelancers Caravan.

The activity also highlights plenary conferences on digital careers, ecosystem, and inspiring stories. Ms. Janette Toral, the e-Commerce Program Head & Lead for the Certified e-Commerce Specialist, e-Commerce Entrepreneur, and e-Commerce Professional, will discuss “Exploring Industry 4.0 Jobs and Discovering New Business Models and Platforms”Ms. Ginger Palma Arboleda, CEO of Manila Workshops and COO of Taxumo will talk about “Professionalizing and Monetizing Your Freelancer Career”; and Mr. Genesis Reonico, current president of Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines (DCAP) will tackle “Growing the Freelancers Community or Freelancing Success Stories.” National and local industry players will also be joining the panel sessions, including Ms. Yvette Sabellona (Wrupup), Mr. Leif Brian Gomez Margallo (Virtual Workforce Professionals, Taxumo), Ms. Lorna Bondoc (founder of Yoveo Digital), Mr. Daryl Becera  (OrangeHub), Mr. Lincoln Diaz (ICTech Virtual Solutions), Atty. Joerich Cuevas (MinBITS), Ms. Kei San Pablo (Canva), Ms. Pretzel Miso (PYLON), Ms. Jinnah Dorothy Jimenez (ADROIT), and Ms. Stephanie Caragos (Syntactics). Learning Sessions on specialized freelancing skills and niches will also be conducted in the afternoon breakout sessions.

The first-ever Digital Career Expo and Freelancer Fair in Iligan City is co-presented by the Local Government Unit of Iligan City, Philippine ICT Innovation Network, and Iligan Medical Center College. The expo will be participated by 300 delegates from Iligan City and neighboring municipalities.

The Philippine Freelancers Caravan: Digital Careers Expo is an initiative that aims to gather under one venue various companies, organizations, government agencies, professionals and students engaged, involved and interested in digital careers, online jobs or ICT-enabled services. The first run of the caravan includes Iligan and Bacolod. The activity is developed by Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue as President of the Philippine ICT Innovation Network and proponent of SITIO (Social Innovation Thru Impact Outsourcing).


Reprinted from http://www.iligan.gov.ph/iligan-city-host-digital-career-expo-freelancer-fair/

An Open Letter to My Fellow Bacolodnons

jobsMy running for mayor this May 2019 elections will probably  come as a suprise to most of you. Even my closest circle of friends were not aware of my sudden decision to return to the political scene of Bacolod again.

But I have carefully and prayerfully considered all probable consequences amd challenges between coming forward or staying in the sidelines. For me, it is not only a question of whether I can win or not – it is more about whether Bacolod can win or not?

For almost three decades, the same people offer themselves for public service. Despite the obvious need for new ideas, for fresh directions, for innovative solutions, the same faces and names dominate our city’s political landscape. Since the choices are limited, it has become easy for politicians with strong political machineries to continue in power.

Without passing judgment on anyone, this seeming lack of new leaders especially for top positions have stifled the growth of our city in major aspects, hindered its full potential, and impeded healthy experimentations of new solutions and ideas that usually characterize smart cities around the globe. We still face the same problems from several decades ago – poor traffic management, low citizen’s engaagement in governance, poorly managed waste, lack of clear strategies to address rapid urbanization, slow adoption of mechanisms to ensure healthy business environment, issues on public finance and a dearth of sustainable and long term solutions over and above palliative and reactionary measures, to name a few. These problems are compounded by constant in-fightings and conflicts between and among leaders as well as a highly-politicized bureaucracy.

My vision is to see Bacolod rise above its current state to greater heights – not only from externally but internally – a city that will become a true example for other cities to emulate in terms of open governance, innovation, social development, knowledge economy, and environmental management.  I have always articulated to public all the ordinances I have principally authored – and I rise now for the opportunity of breathing life to all of them. My devotion to the various sectors who will attempt to question my sincerity need only to read all my ordinances as a councilor to know I mean business.

This can only come about by scaling the quality of our political exercises to a higher level. By giving people a choice between mere promises and concrete strategies. By allowing voters to refuse to believe in words and be influenced by fleeting favors and money and inspiring them to take responsibility of creating their own future through their own decisions.

My mission is to help Bacolod WIN over these recurring concerns and issues, which apparently has been poorly addressed despite the passing of so many years.

May 13, 2019 is still very far and we have ample time to magnify the discussions to a more detailed level, but let me lay down the principles of my governance now.

I am known for having led the creation of information and communications  technology (ICT) jobs in Bacolod – this actually inspired me to keep going and spread the strategies to other cities. Hence, for easy recall I am carrying this consistent brand as JOBS for Bacolod, short for Jocelle Batapa Sigue for Bacolod.

JOBS means productivity. It means self-worth. It means a whole family’s welfare. Job creation has always been my strategy to help improve our communities. Today, JOBS take on a higher meaning for Bacolod.

J – Jobs and Investments Generation

O – Open Governance and Innovation

B – Barangay Empowerment and Development

S – Sectoral and Citizens Engagement

I shall accordingly expand the discussion about these basic thrusts in due time. But to complement these thrusts, I commit to prepare the following documents in collaboration with stakeholders, namely:

  1. A Green Agenda (A holistic set of environmental strategies anchored on existing ordinances and citizens insights) This entails the immediate inventory, classification, and implementation of environmental ordinances
  2. A Digital Skills Roadmap (A comprehensive set of plans and multi-level interventions to ensure talent development programs for Future of Work skills). This entails the creation of a City Wide Talent Development Committee to collaborate with the Local School Board, schools, human resource development centers and industry in creating relevant strategies to harness skills of Bacolodnons
  3. An Open Governance Framework (a collective guide to integrate ICT in government systems for efficiency, transparency and effective service delivery – taking into  consideration the new EODB law. –
  4. Executive-Legislative Communications Plan (a set of working principles between two co-equal body of the city to harness more productive relations and proper performance of mandate).

One of my goals is to harness genuine collaboration and mutual respect between the executive and legislative branches of the local government in the performance of duties and responsibilities under the law fostered by open communications and all mandated mechanisms like the ELA.

My target output is an Executive Legislative Agenda within the first 100 days of office with private sector participating in every stage, each councilor shall receive support for on his or her committee works, programs and projects, creation of executive policy support desk for all committees to ensure collaboration between executive and legislative, inventory and classification of all existing ordinances by executive liaison officers and immediate submission for recommendations/suggestions to the respective departments concerned. All reports and recommendations shall be submitted to the office of the mayor.

Another area of serious concern is the city’s full compliance with new Ease of Doing Business Law especially the No-Contact Policy. In the first 100 days, inventory of all systems and processes according to the EODB law. Executive Order Creating a Special Composite Composite Committee To make Bacolod Fully Compliant with the EODB Law.

My other targets include the:

  • Immediate operationalization of all ordinances especially the Bacolod Investments team and compilation and inventory of all investment related ordinances
  • Identification and reccomendation to the legislative of incentives to drive social impact like improved street lighting, connectivity, waste management by companies
  • Creation of industry-centric desks to collaborate with specific industries (ICT, Tourism, Food, Retail, Agro and Eco-Tourism)
  • Creation of or improvement of existing peace and order strategies, including installation of lights, CCTV and safety equipments in strategic locations

The decision to run for mayor is a very difficult one. It took a very deep level of personal reflection on my part to finally take this ultimate sacrifice. When I decided to leave politics in 2016, I was already prepared to simply become an ordinary citizen – but the same ordinary citizen is called to do an important task today. My sense of duty to my city is so overwhelming that my heart has become oblivious of all the dangers and hardships that this mission will expose me to.

When I was requested last week by several people to take this post, part of me immediately thought this was my chance to help Bacolod fly, but part of me just felt so scared and small. Who am I to face the giants? Until people who knew began to tell me who I am. My family and friends made me stronger by telling me that it is time. Some of them reminded me of all the realities in politics and discard all illusions that I can do it alone. I have no illusions anymore. I will not seek for people to like me, instead I will seek for people to love and fight for our city.

I do not have the resources to win but I will continue to charge on with complete faith and trust in the Lord’s plan for me. Losing is not an option because today I know in my heart Bacolod can win. But the idea of losing is take my eyes off the vision.

I do not have all the solutions. We are all going to do this together.

I shall come forward in behalf of my generation and those younger than me so we can carve the future of this city.

This mission, this fight, this is not for me or the alliance which I am a part of. This is nor against my political opponents. This fight is for the future we all dream of.

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This is my life story in pictures – Dream IT Possible Bacolod https://youtu.be/ykaJN3AHPRc


CURRICULUM VITAE OF ATTY. JOCELLE BATAPA-SIGUE

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE

Cross-Functional and Cross-Industry and Sectoral Experience

Highly qualified executive leader and manager with over 26 years of experience in leading teams, companies, institutions and large organizations with proven ability to achieve targets and deliverables according to the mission and strategies of these entities. Possesses the leadership ability to lead stakeholders in creating shared vision and agenda to reach goals. Adept in legal knowledge and office management as a lawyer and senior law firm partner for 20 years. Possesses excellent team management and communications skills as an academic professor for 21 years, and national organization leader for various organizations for over 16 years. Passionate about the growth of jobs and investments especially in the countryside as multi-awarded champion for ICT and innovation.

PROFESSIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE

A combination of practice legal profession in corporate and political setting, exposure and actual immersion in policy – making procedures with a strong foundation in senior management skills, academic expertise and public and media relations

  • Senior Partner, Batapa-Sigue and Sigue Law Offices (2004 to Present)
  • 9 Years as City Councilor of Bacolod from 2004 to 2007, 2007 to 2010, and 2013 to 2016
  • Former In-House Counsel, Legal Department, Victorias Milling Company, Inc. (1999 to 2001)
  • Law Professor for Legal Ethics, Advanced Legal Writing and Legal Research, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod (1998 to Present)
  • Professor, College of Business and Accountancy, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod (1999 – 2007)
  • Professor, College of Education, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod (1999 – 2004)
  • Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R) 2006-2007
  • Former Reporter/News Writer, ABS-CBN TV 4 (1993 – 1997)
  • Former Chief, News Desk, GMA TV 10 (1991-1993)
  • Former Reporter/News Writer, Negros Daily Bulletin, 1993 to 1997
  • Former Anchorwoman, Pulso sa Aksyon Radyo, DYEZ Bacolod, 2004 to 2010

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

A strong sense of advocacy and commitment towards social issues involving women and children and the advancement of jobs and opportunities especially in the countryside starting from college as university student president and campus journalist. Equipped with advanced written and oral communication and leadership skills.

  • President and Co-Founder, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Inc. 2010-2012
  • Trustee, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Inc. 2012-2017
  • Vice President, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Inc. 2018
  • Former Chair and Founder, and current Executive Director, Bacolod – Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), Inc. (2008 to Present)
  • Vice President, Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocates Society (ATLAS), Inc. 2012 to Present
  • President, Philippine ICT Innovation Network, Ink. 2013 to Present
  • Board Member, Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. 2013-2016
  • Council Vice President, Bacolod Girl Scout Council 2012-2015
  • Chief Consultant, Negros Occidental ICT Investments Program (2011-2013)
  • Chair, NICP eGOV Awards 2012-2017 (Excellence in Governance through ICT)
  • Division D Governor, Toastmasters International 2002 (Member of TM since 1993 with the current norm of:
  • Advanced Communicator Gold – Toastmasters International
  • Advanced Competent Leader Silver – Toastmasters International
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. currently Voices of The Free (VF) Foundation (2017 – Present)
  • Chair, Bacolod City Information Technology (IT) Focus Team 2005-2007
  • President, Supreme Student Council (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos) SY 1991-1992
  • Opinion Editor, The Tolentine Star of (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos) SY 1992-1993

AWARDS and citations

Has developed a sense of citizenship and responsibility to empower sectors in developing strategies to create jobs and driving investments especially in the countryside to achieve inclusive growth. Has been exposed to international avenues for learning innovation and new ideas for purposes of iteration and replication. Served as an inspiration to many stakeholders in various fields

  • 2016 The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Awardee for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Philippines
  • 2013 Philippine Individual ICT Contributor of the Year Awarded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)
  • 2012 Finalist, Individual ICT Contributor Awards Awarded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)
  • Top Ten Outstanding Young Leaders for 2009 chosen by the Asia Society Foundation under its Philippines 21 program and represented the Philippines in Malaysia in the Asia-Pacific Global Forum for Young Leaders
  • Recipient of Go Negosyo – Best Government Support for Business in 2007 by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship as Recipient as Proponent & Chair of the Bacolod Information Technology (IT) Focus Team adjudged as
  • Soroptimist International – Bacolod 2007 “Making A Difference in Women” Awardee
  • Top 20 finalists in the Search for the 2007 Ten Outstanding Councilors of the Philippines (TOCP)
  • 2008 Outstanding Alumna in Public Service Awardee, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Nergos Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R)
  • 2002 National Champion in Evaluation Speech during the Philippine Toastmasters District Convention
  • 1993 Best Debater during the Inter-Collegiate Debate Series conducted by the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Education Association (NOPSSCEA)

FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURES

Highly exposed to international environments for growth and learning along with other leaders all over the world. Has been trained extensively for ICT investments promotions both local and national level

  • 2018 AVPN-BMW Foundation Policy Leadership Fellow, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Singapore
  • 2017 Guest of Honor and Resource Speaker, 1st BPO Guatemala Conference, Guatemala City and Key Resources Speaker for Guatemala Cities Workshop
  • 2017 Philippine Representative to the Korean Innopolis Science and Technology Park Management Course, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2017 MAGIC Cooperator for Corporate Innovation, Cyberjaya, Malayasia
  • 2017 Resource Speaker in the 7th Confluence Conference in Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 2014 Member of the Philippine All-Women Trade Mission to Japan for the Yokohama Women Festival and Exposure to Various ICT companies
  • 2015 Key Resource Speaker, “Making Strides, Advancing Women in Leadership” Global Networks Forum, Miami, Florida, US organized by Eisenhower Fellowship and German Marshall Fund, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, and Harvard Loeb
  • 2014 Haggai Institute Alumna, Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • 2012 Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines in the Eisenhower Fellowships Multi-Nation Program (Fellowship focused on ICT, ICT Startups, Animation and Game Development and Health Care Information Management)
  • Aspen Fellow, Aspen Leadership Institute, Aspen, Colorado, USA May 2012
  • 2010 Asia Society Trade Mission to Taipei, Taiwan hosted by MOFA, Taiwan
  • Top 21 Fellows for the UNDP Philippine Leadership Course for Young Leaders (PYLG) in Governance for Visayas – Mindanao Cluster  in 2008 under the Asia Young Leaders in Governance (AYLG) Program

OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Possess the ability to work beyond what is compliant to what is exceedingly possible in order to achieve growth targets. Skillful in bringing all stakeholders together for  a shared vision and developing roadmaps with concrete timelines and success indicators

  • Proponent, Excellence in Governance Through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) or eGOV Awards under the NICP (2012 to present)
  • Proponent & Chair of the Bacolod Information Technology (IT) Focus Team adjudged as Go Negosyo – Best Government Support for Business in 2007 by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Proponent of the Alternative Skills Program for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – a project given the Award of Excellence for implementation for Region VI under the Philippine Action Programme to Protect Working Children and Combat and Eliminate Child Labour of International Labor Organization – International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC)
  • Proponent of the Bacolod IT Investment Program adjudged as the Best Public Sector Practice in Region VI – LGU Category in 2006 by NEDA and RDC VI
  • Instrumental in having Bacolod included as one of the Next Wave Cities in the Outsourcing and Off-shoring Industry of the Philippines (5th Place in 2009 and 3rd Place in 2010) and now Center of Excellence for ICT-BPM in the Philippines
  • Instrumental in having Bacolod included as the No. 100 City in the world ranked by Tholons International as among the Top 100 Cities in the World for Outsourcing for 2010 to 2017
  • Proponent, Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) as the Negros First CyberCentre

 AFFILIATIONS AND ADVOCACIES

Equipped with skills developed over long years of immersion and practice as a federalist, media person, environmentalist, journalist, resources speaker for various organizations

  • Founding Member, Centro Federal – Bacolod in University of St. La Salle since 2000
  • Resource speakers for Capacity Development Workshops in Creating ICT Councils organized by NICP and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Formerly CICT since 2016
  • Host, JOBS on TV over Sunshine Channel 14 (2007 to 2010)
  • Host, Pulso sa Aksyon Radyo DYEZ Aksyon Radyo (2004 -2010)
  • Columnist, The Legal Perspective, Negros Weekly (2004 to 2010)
  • Host, The SHE Factor aired through Sunshine Channel 14 (2007 – 2009)
  • Head, Women and Children’s Legal Desk, Law Center, USLS College of Law
  • Volunteer Counsel for Bacolod Women’s Center, DAWN Foundation, Inc., Holy Family  Home, Kapisanan Nang Mga Brodkasters Nang Pilipinas (KBP)-Negros Occidental Chapter and Negros Press Club
  • Professional Resource Speaker, RA 7877, RA 9262, RA 7610, RA 8353, RA 8354, RA 9344 and other laws on women and children
  • Convenor, Earth Day (since 2007) – Bacolod and Negros Occidental
  • Advocate, Philippine Climate-Friendly Cities Project (electric jeeps) – GRIPP
  • Chair, Bacolod Sanggunian Committees on Women and Gender, Communications & Energy
  • Chair, Bacolod City Gender and Development (GAD) Council 2004-2007, 2007-2010

POLICY INNOVATION WORK

Immersed and trained in legislative work and dynamics as a policy maker both in the local and national level. She has served as resource speaker and member of House and Senate TWGs on the Creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Bill and in the Senate TWG for the Ease of Doing Business Bill of 2018. As a city councilor for 9 years in, she has crafted, authored and led the legislation of major ordinances as follows:

  1. Creation of Bacolod Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) and TIP Help Desks in Seaports
  2. Annual Gawad Kooperatiba Awards and Support to Cooperatives
  3. Laying the Procedures for SP Endorsement to PEZA of ICT Parks , Buildings, Tourism Development Zones and Economic Zones
  4. Celebration of April 22 as Earth Day in Bacolod City
  5. Protection and Barangay Registration of Household/Domestic Workers
  6. The Gender and Development (GAD) Code of Bacolod City
  7. Protection of Watershed Areas, Establishing Watershed Development and Water Conservation Programs for Bacolod City
  8. Institutionalization of Programs for Informal Sector Workers and Creating the Informal Sector Workers of Bacolod
  9. Observance of June 13 – 19 as Social Work Week and Promotion of Social Work
  10. Establishing the Fr. Mauricio Ferrero, OAR Street Ordinance
  11. Creation of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Council & Development of ICT Industry (as Co-Author of Councilor Lyndon Cana)
  12. Ordinance Implementing the Law Against Worst Forms of Child Labor and Developing Strategies to Lessen Child Labor in Bacolod such as the Intensive Implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program
  13. Observance of December 1 – 7 as Non-Government Organization-People’s Organizations (NGO-PO) Week
  14. Prevention of Sexually-Transmitted Infections (STI), Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) & Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) & Creation of Bacolod Local STI/HIV/AIDS Council
  15. Reduction of Police Clearance Fees for Purposes of Voter’s Registration
  16. Declaration of Bacolod as Organic City (Anti-GMO Ordinance)
  17. Procedures for the Development of Medical Tourism Parks and Retirement Villages
  18. Creation of the Bacolod Technology and Livelihood Development Center
  19. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Measures Ordinance and Implementation of Strategies to Mitigate Pollution for Transport, Business and and Other Sectors
  20. Comprehensive Health and Wellness Ordinance and Promotion of Medical Tourism
  21. Promotion and Strengthening of the City of Bacolod as a Choice Destination for National and International Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE)
  22. Establishing the Bacolod City Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Scholarships for Contact Centers, Software Development, Game Development, Animation and other IT Courses
  23. Declaring February of Every Year as Bacolod Arts Month (BAM)
  24. Stronger Penalties for Vandalism in Bacolod City and Strategies to Enjoin Schools in the Fight Against Vandalism
  25. Regulation of the Commercial Sale of Spray Paint Cans in Bacolod
  26. Prescribing Mechanics of the Masskara Festival Celebration and setting the Cultural standards of the Festival, and Prescribing Procedures for Accountability of Third Party Organizers
  27. Institutionalizing a Tourism Homestay Program for Bacolod City and Setting Global Standards for Homestay facilities in Bacolod
  28. Ensuring Effective Implementation of Food Safety Standards in Bacolod City and the Implementing Rules and Regulations
  29. Creating the Bacolod Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council
  30. Establishing the Bacolod Business Promotions and Investments Week and Setting the Bacolod Trade Expo identifying Key Promotion Areas: Agriculture, Food and related industries, Gifts, Housewares, Decors and Other Craft-Based Industries, Manufacturing and other Industrial Business, Information and Communications Technology and Other Technology-Based Industries Tourism, Hospitality, Health and Wellness and Other Service Industries
  31. Establishing the Bacolod City Ordinance Awareness Week
  32. Establishing Guidelines for the Selection of the  Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer (LEIPO)

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Laws, 1997 (Pioneer Batch) University of St. La Salle (USLS) Bacolod City (June 1993 to March 1997)
  • Passed the 1997 Bar Examinations and was admitted to the Bar on May 7, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science, 1993
  • University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Bacolod City (June 1990 to March 1993)

Who is Jocelle Batapa – Sigue?

jobs 4.pngCURRICULUM VITAE OF ATTY. JOCELLE BATAPA-SIGUE

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE

Cross-Functional and Cross-Industry and Sectoral Experience

Highly qualified executive leader and manager with over 26 years of experience in leading teams, companies, institutions and large organizations with proven ability to achieve targets and deliverables according to the mission and strategies of these entities. Possesses the leadership ability to lead stakeholders in creating shared vision and agenda to reach goals. Adept in legal knowledge and office management as a lawyer and senior law firm partner for 20 years. Possesses excellent team management and communications skills as an academic professor for 21 years, and national organization leader for various organizations for over 16 years. Passionate about the growth of jobs and investments especially in the countryside as multi-awarded champion for ICT and innovation.

PROFESSIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE

A combination of practice legal profession in corporate and political setting, exposure and actual immersion in policy – making procedures with a strong foundation in senior management skills, academic expertise and public and media relations

  • Senior Partner, Batapa-Sigue and Sigue Law Offices (2004 to Present)
  • 9 Years as City Councilor of Bacolod from 2004 to 2007, 2007 to 2010, and 2013 to 2016
  • Former In-House Counsel, Legal Department, Victorias Milling Company, Inc. (1999 to 2001)
  • Law Professor for Legal Ethics, Advanced Legal Writing and Legal Research, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod (1998 to Present)
  • Professor, College of Business and Accountancy, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod (1999 – 2007)
  • Professor, College of Education, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod (1999 – 2004)
  • Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R) 2006-2007
  • Former Reporter/News Writer, ABS-CBN TV 4 (1993 – 1997)
  • Former Chief, News Desk, GMA TV 10 (1991-1993)
  • Former Reporter/News Writer, Negros Daily Bulletin, 1993 to 1997
  • Former Anchorwoman, Pulso sa Aksyon Radyo, DYEZ Bacolod, 2004 to 2010

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

A strong sense of advocacy and commitment towards social issues involving women and children and the advancement of jobs and opportunities especially in the countryside starting from college as university student president and campus journalist. Equipped with advanced written and oral communication and leadership skills.

  • President and Co-Founder, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Inc. 2010-2012
  • Trustee, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Inc. 2012-2017
  • Vice President, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Inc. 2018
  • Former Chair and Founder, and current Executive Director, Bacolod – Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), Inc. (2008 to Present)
  • Vice President, Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocates Society (ATLAS), Inc. 2012 to Present
  • President, Philippine ICT Innovation Network, Ink. 2013 to Present
  • Board Member, Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. 2013-2016
  • Council Vice President, Bacolod Girl Scout Council 2012-2015
  • Chief Consultant, Negros Occidental ICT Investments Program (2011-2013)
  • Chair, NICP eGOV Awards 2012-2017 (Excellence in Governance through ICT)
  • Division D Governor, Toastmasters International 2002 (Member of TM since 1993 with the current norm of:
  • Advanced Communicator Gold – Toastmasters International
  • Advanced Competent Leader Silver – Toastmasters International
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. currently Voices of The Free (VF) Foundation (2017 – Present)
  • Chair, Bacolod City Information Technology (IT) Focus Team 2005-2007
  • President, Supreme Student Council (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos) SY 1991-1992
  • Opinion Editor, The Tolentine Star of (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos) SY 1992-1993

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Has developed a sense of citizenship and responsibility to empower sectors in developing strategies to create jobs and driving investments especially in the countryside to achieve inclusive growth. Has been exposed to international avenues for learning innovation and new ideas for purposes of iteration and replication. Served as an inspiration to many stakeholders in various fields

  • 2016 The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Awardee for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Philippines
  • 2013 Philippine Individual ICT Contributor of the Year Awarded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)
  • 2012 Finalist, Individual ICT Contributor Awards Awarded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)
  • Top Ten Outstanding Young Leaders for 2009 chosen by the Asia Society Foundation under its Philippines 21 program and represented the Philippines in Malaysia in the Asia-Pacific Global Forum for Young Leaders
  • Recipient of Go Negosyo – Best Government Support for Business in 2007 by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship as Recipient as Proponent & Chair of the Bacolod Information Technology (IT) Focus Team adjudged as
  • Soroptimist International – Bacolod 2007 “Making A Difference in Women” Awardee
  • Top 20 finalists in the Search for the 2007 Ten Outstanding Councilors of the Philippines (TOCP)
  • 2008 Outstanding Alumna in Public Service Awardee, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Nergos Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R)
  • 2002 National Champion in Evaluation Speech during the Philippine Toastmasters District Convention
  • 1993 Best Debater during the Inter-Collegiate Debate Series conducted by the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Education Association (NOPSSCEA)

FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURES

Highly exposed to international environments for growth and learning along with other leaders all over the world. Has been trained extensively for ICT investments promotions both local and national level

  • 2018 AVPN-BMW Foundation Policy Leadership Fellow, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Singapore
  • 2017 Guest of Honor and Resource Speaker, 1st BPO Guatemala Conference, Guatemala City and Key Resources Speaker for Guatemala Cities Workshop
  • 2017 Philippine Representative to the Korean Innopolis Science and Technology Park Management Course, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2017 MAGIC Cooperator for Corporate Innovation, Cyberjaya, Malayasia
  • 2017 Resource Speaker in the 7th Confluence Conference in Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 2014 Member of the Philippine All-Women Trade Mission to Japan for the Yokohama Women Festival and Exposure to Various ICT companies
  • 2015 Key Resource Speaker, “Making Strides, Advancing Women in Leadership” Global Networks Forum, Miami, Florida, US organized by Eisenhower Fellowship and German Marshall Fund, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, and Harvard Loeb
  • 2014 Haggai Institute Alumna, Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • 2012 Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines in the Eisenhower Fellowships Multi-Nation Program (Fellowship focused on ICT, ICT Startups, Animation and Game Development and Health Care Information Management)
  • Aspen Fellow, Aspen Leadership Institute, Aspen, Colorado, USA May 2012
  • 2010 Asia Society Trade Mission to Taipei, Taiwan hosted by MOFA, Taiwan
  • Top 21 Fellows for the UNDP Philippine Leadership Course for Young Leaders (PYLG) in Governance for Visayas – Mindanao Cluster  in 2008 under the Asia Young Leaders in Governance (AYLG) Program

OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Possess the ability to work beyond what is compliant to what is exceedingly possible in order to achieve growth targets. Skillful in bringing all stakeholders together for  a shared vision and developing roadmaps with concrete timelines and success indicators

  • Proponent, Excellence in Governance Through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) or eGOV Awards under the NICP (2012 to present)
  • Proponent & Chair of the Bacolod Information Technology (IT) Focus Team adjudged as Go Negosyo – Best Government Support for Business in 2007 by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Proponent of the Alternative Skills Program for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – a project given the Award of Excellence for implementation for Region VI under the Philippine Action Programme to Protect Working Children and Combat and Eliminate Child Labour of International Labor Organization – International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC)
  • Proponent of the Bacolod IT Investment Program adjudged as the Best Public Sector Practice in Region VI – LGU Category in 2006 by NEDA and RDC VI
  • Instrumental in having Bacolod included as one of the Next Wave Cities in the Outsourcing and Off-shoring Industry of the Philippines (5th Place in 2009 and 3rd Place in 2010) and now Center of Excellence for ICT-BPM in the Philippines
  • Instrumental in having Bacolod included as the No. 100 City in the world ranked by Tholons International as among the Top 100 Cities in the World for Outsourcing for 2010 to 2017
  • Proponent, Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) as the Negros First CyberCentre

 AFFILIATIONS AND ADVOCACIES

Equipped with skills developed over long years of immersion and practice as a federalist, media person, environmentalist, journalist, resources speaker for various organizations

  • Resource speakers for Capacity Development Workshops in Creating ICT Councils organized by NICP and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Formerly CICT since 2016
  • Host, JOBS on TV over Sunshine Channel 14 (2007 to 2010)
  • Host, Pulso sa Aksyon Radyo DYEZ Aksyon Radyo (2004 -2010)
  • Columnist, The Legal Perspective, Negros Weekly (2004 to 2010)
  • Host, The SHE Factor aired through Sunshine Channel 14 (2007 – 2009)
  • Head, Women and Children’s Legal Desk, Law Center, USLS College of Law
  • Volunteer Counsel for Bacolod Women’s Center, DAWN Foundation, Inc., Holy Family  Home, Kapisanan Nang Mga Brodkasters Nang Pilipinas (KBP)-Negros Occidental Chapter and Negros Press Club
  • Professional Resource Speaker, RA 7877, RA 9262, RA 7610, RA 8353, RA 8354, RA 9344 and other laws on women and children
  • Convenor, Earth Day (since 2007) – Bacolod and Negros Occidental
  • Advocate, Philippine Climate-Friendly Cities Project (electric jeeps) – GRIPP
  • Chair, Bacolod Sanggunian Committees on Women and Gender, Communications & Energy
  • Chair, Bacolod City Gender and Development (GAD) Council 2004-2007, 2007-2010

POLICY INNOVATION WORK

Immersed and trained in legislative work and dynamics as a policy maker both in the local and national level. She has served as resource speaker and member of House and Senate TWGs on the Creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Bill and in the Senate TWG for the Ease of Doing Business Bill of 2018. As a city councilor for 9 years in, she has crafted, authored and led the legislation of major ordinances as follows:

  1. Creation of Bacolod Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) and TIP Help Desks in Seaports
  2. Annual Gawad Kooperatiba Awards and Support to Cooperatives
  3. Laying the Procedures for SP Endorsement to PEZA of ICT Parks , Buildings, Tourism Development Zones and Economic Zones
  4. Celebration of April 22 as Earth Day in Bacolod City
  5. Protection and Barangay Registration of Household/Domestic Workers
  6. The Gender and Development (GAD) Code of Bacolod City
  7. Protection of Watershed Areas, Establishing Watershed Development and Water Conservation Programs for Bacolod City
  8. Institutionalization of Programs for Informal Sector Workers and Creating the Informal Sector Workers of Bacolod
  9. Observance of June 13 – 19 as Social Work Week and Promotion of Social Work
  10. Establishing the Fr. Mauricio Ferrero, OAR Street Ordinance
  11. Creation of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Council & Development of ICT Industry (as Co-Author of Councilor Lyndon Cana)
  12. Ordinance Implementing the Law Against Worst Forms of Child Labor and Developing Strategies to Lessen Child Labor in Bacolod such as the Intensive Implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program
  13. Observance of December 1 – 7 as Non-Government Organization-People’s Organizations (NGO-PO) Week
  14. Prevention of Sexually-Transmitted Infections (STI), Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) & Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) & Creation of Bacolod Local STI/HIV/AIDS Council
  15. Reduction of Police Clearance Fees for Purposes of Voter’s Registration
  16. Declaration of Bacolod as Organic City (Anti-GMO Ordinance)
  17. Procedures for the Development of Medical Tourism Parks and Retirement Villages
  18. Creation of the Bacolod Technology and Livelihood Development Center
  19. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Measures Ordinance and Implementation of Strategies to Mitigate Pollution for Transport, Business and and Other Sectors
  20. Comprehensive Health and Wellness Ordinance and Promotion of Medical Tourism
  21. Promotion and Strengthening of the City of Bacolod as a Choice Destination for National and International Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE)
  22. Establishing the Bacolod City Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Scholarships for Contact Centers, Software Development, Game Development, Animation and other IT Courses
  23. Declaring February of Every Year as Bacolod Arts Month (BAM)
  24. Stronger Penalties for Vandalism in Bacolod City and Strategies to Enjoin Schools in the Fight Against Vandalism
  25. Regulation of the Commercial Sale of Spray Paint Cans in Bacolod
  26. Prescribing Mechanics of the Masskara Festival Celebration and setting the Cultural standards of the Festival, and Prescribing Procedures for Accountability of Third Party Organizers
  27. Institutionalizing a Tourism Homestay Program for Bacolod City and Setting Global Standards for Homestay facilities in Bacolod
  28. Ensuring Effective Implementation of Food Safety Standards in Bacolod City and the Implementing Rules and Regulations
  29. Creating the Bacolod Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council
  30. Establishing the Bacolod Business Promotions and Investments Week and Setting the Bacolod Trade Expo identifying Key Promotion Areas: Agriculture, Food and related industries, Gifts, Housewares, Decors and Other Craft-Based Industries, Manufacturing and other Industrial Business, Information and Communications Technology and Other Technology-Based Industries Tourism, Hospitality, Health and Wellness and Other Service Industries
  31. Establishing the Bacolod City Ordinance Awareness Week
  32. Establishing Guidelines for the Selection of the  Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer (LEIPO)

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Laws, 1997 (Pioneer Batch) University of St. La Salle (USLS) Bacolod City (June 1993 to March 1997)
  • Passed the 1997 Bar Examinations and was admitted to the Bar on May 7, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science, 1993
  • University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Bacolod City (June 1990 to March 1993)

Digital Cities PH Awards Recognize Top eGovernance Projects of LGUs

dcp egov logo hi res final

In 2012, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the late Jesse Robredo, and the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP) launched in synergy the Awards for Excellence in Governance Through ICT for Local Government Units or the eGov Awards.  The eGov Awards is the first and most prestigious recognition to be given by the ICT sector to LGUs with exemplary performance in empowering its Public Customers and Business.  It is an annual search for best practices in local government units in utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and to its business stakeholders.

The first awarding ceremony was held as part of the annual summit of the NICP which is annually presented by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) since its inception in 2008, while still the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT).

The eGov Awards share the vision of establishing indices for local government units across the country in harnessing the potentials of ICT towards raising the bar in delivering public service.  By drawing attention to the best practices in integrating ICT capabilities and solutions, the different sectors of society, government units are enabled in their roles as catalyst of change.  It is hoped that with the eGOV awards strategy, the country will see the proliferation of revolutionary ICT initiatives that will support clearer, wider and faster access to information in our local government.

The Digital Cities PH Awards share the vision of establishing indices for local government units across the country in harnessing the potentials of ICT towards raising the bar in delivering public service. By drawing attention to the best practices showing outstanding and remarkable innovation in integrating ICT capabilities and solutions, the different sectors of society, and local government units are enabled in their roles as catalysts of change.

The Project aims to:

  1. To highlight and encourage the effective and efficient the delivery of services and performance of the duties and responsibilities by local government units (LGUs) through the utilization of information and communications technology (ICT)
  2. To share and replicate innovative practices, and commend, collate and document LGUs in integrating ICT in their processes to serve as example and benchmarks to other LGU’s.
  3. To improve the business development, social services and the general ecosystem of the LGUs and motivate the private and business sector to actively participate and/or invest in the growth of the LGU’s.
  4. To promote citizen’s responsibility and participation as well as accountability, efficiency and transparency in governance responsibility and encourage innovation.

In 2017, during the 9th NICP Summit in Cagayan De Oro, DICT and NICP along with other agencies jointly launched the Digital Cities project – the national flagship project to create smart or digital cities, especially in the areas of economic development, governance, lifestyle, talent development, mobility, and environment. During the 6th eGov Awards ceremony also in 2017, NICP and DICT jointly launched the re-branding of the eGov strategy to Digital Cities Philippines.

On October 12, 2018, 65 projects from 36 local government units were recognized as nominees for six categories. The projects where judged based on the following criteria

Innovative management (25 points) – This criterion demonstrates the degree to which the entry explored, applied and managed the elements and “outside-the-box” strategies that brought about the success of the entry.

Impact (25 points) – The project demonstrates the major results, their effects and benefits to the recipients of the service (public, employees, or business).

Relevance (25 points) – The project demonstrates how the entry relates to the overall objectives of the LGU and to the category to which it is nominated.

Replication Potential and Sustainability (25 points) – The project demonstrates the model qualities of the practice with the possibility and applicability of replicating it in other localities. It must demonstrate a level of sustainability or that the LGU can continue the project by addressing major disruptions.

Here are the list of winners:

Best in eGOV Data-Driven Governance (D2G) Award : This category cites the efforts of an LGU in recognizing that good governance through ICT goes hand in hand with the fair and responsible processing of data. Effective e-governance provides constituents with convenience and better services through the free flow of information while ensuring at the same time that personal data is protected.

Cities:

1st CEBU [GeoHazard Mapping Information System]

2nd – ALAMINOS [Barangay Health Worker Information System (BHWIS) for Gender and Development (GAD) Database]

3rd -CAUAYAN [Cauayan City Identification System]

 Provinces:

1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Version 2]

2nd – LAGUNA [Integrated Hospital Operation Management Information System (iHOMIS)]

Municipalities:

1st– SAN MATEO, RIZAL 1st – [Geographic Resilience Integrated Development Structure (GRIDS)]

2nd – CAVINTI, LAGUNA [LGU Cavinti GIS-RPTA and GIS-Tax Mapping with Government Agencies, Government Revenue Application Tools System (GReAT)System]

3rd – [MINA, ILOILO Budget, Accounting, Treasury & Assessment Electronic Comprehensive Income and Expenditures Management System (BATA-e- CIEMS)]

Best in eGOV Business Empowerment (G2B) Award : This category awards the significant effect of an LGU’s laudable practices in integrating ICT  solutions and the commitment of its  administration in the LGU’s responsiveness to the needs of business enterprises, thereby creating business  opportunities.

Cities:

1st CALAPAN Electronics Business Inspection Monitoring System (E-BIMS) Mobile Application

2nd – ORMOC [In House Development of Business Permit and Franchising System]

3rd – GENERAL SANTOS [Friendly-Accessible-Simple-Timely (FAST) General Santos City Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS)]

Provinces:

1st – CEBU [Smart Utilities for Government Business Operations (SUGBO) Program]

2nd – DAVAO DEL NORTE [DavNor IP Telephony]

Municipalities:

LOON, BOHOL [Enhanced Loon Business-One-Stop-Shop Initiative 2.0 (ELBI 2.0)]

Best in eGOV Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award : This category recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU’s outstanding practices  using ICT  solutions in the education and engagement of the public and in the use of electronic facilities and channels towards providing improved, timely and relevant delivery of public services.

Cities:

1stMARIKINA [Correspondence Session: The Marikina City Model]

2nd – CAGAYAN DE ORO [PWD ID Online Application]

3rd – BAGUIO [Online Public Assistance and Complaint Desk (OPACD)]

Municipalities:

1st – PINAMALAYAN, ORIENTAL MINDORO [Pinamalayan Community eCenter]

2nd – MAUBAN, QUEZON [Mauban eLearningVille]

3rd – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Bayambang Emergency Response System]

Provinces:

1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Public Caravan Information System (PCIS)]

2nd – COMPOSTELA VALLEY [Comval i-Portal]

3rd – ILOILO [Iloilo Province-Wide Eelectronic Assessment and Collection System (eAssyscols)]

Best in eGOV Government Inter-Operability (G2G) Award : This category awards the valuable impact of an LGU’s initiative to connect data and systems with other government offices, both national and local for the convenience of their constituents and to improve its public service delivery.

Cities:

1st NAGA [Alisto Serbisyo App (ASAP)]

2nd – MUNTINLUPA [Budget Management and Monitoring System (BMMS)]

3rd – PARAÑAQUE [Enhanced Human Resource Information System]

Provinces:

1st – BATANGAS [Electronic Real Property Taxation and Assessment System]

2nd – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Reorganization Information Management System (RIMS)]

3rd – CEBU [Cebu Provincial Health Office (CPHO) T.E.A.M.S.]

Municipalities:

1st – BALIWAG, BULACAN [Baliwag Integrated Profiling System (BIPS)]

2nd – LOON, BOHOL [LGU-Barangay (LB) Connect]

Best in eGOV Digital Finance Empowerment (P2G) Award : This category commends the initiative of an LGU to promote e-commerce or e-payment facilities and systems to ensure effective revenue generation and collection and improving the over-all financial management of the LGU as well as giving convenience to the public.

Cities:

1st – MAKATI [Computerized Barangay Real Property Tax Payment (RPT)]

Municipalities:

1st – CAVINTI, LAGUNA [Local Finance System using GReAT System]

2nd – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Integrated Local Government Unit System]

3rd – LOON, BOHOL [Enhanced Loon Business-One-Stop-Shop Initiative Pay (ELBI Pay)]

Best in eGOV Systems for Global Competitiveness (G2W) : This category cites the efforts of an LGU in developing world class systems in using ICT that are at par with international or internationally – recognized standards, thus making the LGU globally competitive, recognized, and virtually accessible and interactive.

Cities:

1st – CEBU [Cebu Business 1st Application and OnLine Analytics (CEBALA)]

2nd  – CAUAYAN [Cauayan City Connect]

Municipalities:

1st – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Motorized Tricycle Operators Permit System with e-Tagging Technology]

2nd – BALIWAG, BULACAN [Baliwag High FVE Mobile App]

Provinces:

1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Aksyon Gabay Tungo sa Repormasyon – Information Management System (AGR-IMS)]

2nd – AKLAN [oneAklan Want Aklan online platform]

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