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:
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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]
1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Version 2]
2nd – LAGUNA [Integrated Hospital Operation Management Information System (iHOMIS)]
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.
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)]
1st – CEBU [Smart Utilities for Government Business Operations (SUGBO) Program]
2nd – DAVAO DEL NORTE [DavNor IP Telephony]
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.
1st – MARIKINA [Correspondence Session: The Marikina City Model]
2nd – CAGAYAN DE ORO [PWD ID Online Application]
3rd – BAGUIO [Online Public Assistance and Complaint Desk (OPACD)]
1st – PINAMALAYAN, ORIENTAL MINDORO [Pinamalayan Community eCenter]
2nd – MAUBAN, QUEZON [Mauban eLearningVille]
3rd – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Bayambang Emergency Response System]
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.
1st NAGA [Alisto Serbisyo App (ASAP)]
2nd – MUNTINLUPA [Budget Management and Monitoring System (BMMS)]
3rd – PARAÑAQUE [Enhanced Human Resource Information System]
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.]
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.
1st – MAKATI [Computerized Barangay Real Property Tax Payment (RPT)]
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.
1st – CEBU [Cebu Business 1st Application and OnLine Analytics (CEBALA)]
2nd – CAUAYAN [Cauayan City Connect]
1st – BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN [Motorized Tricycle Operators Permit System with e-Tagging Technology]
2nd – BALIWAG, BULACAN [Baliwag High FVE Mobile App]
1st – DAVAO DEL NORTE [Aksyon Gabay Tungo sa Repormasyon – Information Management System (AGR-IMS)]
2nd – AKLAN [oneAklan Want Aklan online platform]