Forty local government systems were recognized from among 109 finalists in the Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2021 last October 29. The awards which started in 2012 as eGOV Awards, and Digital Cities PH Awards in 2018, is now on its 9th year and is jointly organized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).
Entries in five categories are evaluated based on innovation management, impact, extent of use of information and communications technology (ICT), replication potential and sustainability.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año lauded the initiatives of local government units to utilize and integrate ICT in the delivery of public services and encourage the LGUs to continue with these digitalization efforts as proof that excellence is always possible in the local governance despite all the challenges.
DICT Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Policy, Planning and Finance Jose Arturo De Castro recognized the innovation and creativity of local governments in building more online platforms, technological equipment and improved systems, simplified processes of data and generation of reports, fully automated mechanisms, and integrated technologies for contract tracing efforts. De Castro said the programs and solutions that local government units have submitted for the DGA are a testament to their genuine concern to the needs of their constituents and are also beneficial for the development of the nation.
DICT Undersecretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey Caintic highlighted the agency’s primary function to support the country’s policy and planning, improving public access, encouraging resource-sharing and capacity building, strengthening consumer protection and industry development, enhancing cybersecurity policy and program coordination, and supporting countryside development. Through programs like the DGA, the DICT receives valuable insights to better improve government practices within and between agencies and offices in support of their mandate.
The Best in Business Empowerment Award (G2B) recognize platforms that improve the business environment of the local government. For the city level, winners are Tienda Ilagan of Ilagan City, Province of Isabela (1st), Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLS) of the City of Manila (2nd), and Mandaue City (3rd). For the Municipality Level, the winners are eWaterworks of Libertad, Province of Antique (1st), Taytay Rizal Market Collection System (2nd), and the eBPLS of Bongao, Province of Tawi Tawi (3rd).
For platforms and systems to improves public services with direct impact to constituents or the Best in Customer Empowerment Award (G2C), the winners in the city level are Connection for Inclusion Project by the City of Manila (1st), Automated Inspection Audit System of Quezon City (2nd), and Valenzuela City Live Online Streaming School (3rd).
For the municipality level, the winners are Early Warning System of Tuburan, Province of Cebu (1st), Auto-BAC 1.0 of Bacnotan, Province La Union (2nd), and iNET Library with Tech4Ed of Mangaldan, Province of Pangasinan (3rd).
For systems that integrate data and platforms within the local governments to improve delivery of services or the Best in Interoperability Award (G2G), the winners for the provincial level are the Socio-Economic Profile System of the Province of Bulacan (1sT), Napanam Contact Tracer System of the Province of La Union (2nd), and the Household Profiling and Needs Assessment System of the Province of Davao de Oro (3rd).
Winners for the city level are DocuTracker of Baguio City (1st), COVID-19 Testing Center Web Lab Information System of the City of Manila (1st), Project ODeSSEE (Optimization of Decision Support System For Effective E-governance) of Cauayan City (2nd), and Taxpayers e-Payment Portal (TePP) of Cebu City (3rd).
For the municipality level, the winners are Project eSTAr of Tigbauan, Province of Iloilo (1st), Net Connectivity for Office, Web Portals and CCTV Connectivity of Mangaldan, Province of Pangasinan (2nd), and Data Management System of Business Establishment of Agoo, Province of La Union (3rd).
For developing or improving its internal systems and adhering to various recognized standards, or the Best in Government Internal Operations Award (G2I), the winners in the provincial level are Barangay Legislative Information Tracking System (BLITS) of the Province of Sarangani (1st), Employment and Information System of the Province of Laguna (2nd), and NSPH Point of Sale System of the Province of Northern Samar (3rd).
Winners for city level are Baguio City for Electronic Budgeting, Procurement, Inventory and Monitoring System (1st), Bacoor City – Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) and Geographic Information System (2nd), and the Intelligent, Resilient, and Integrated Systems for the Urban Population (iRISE UP) of Quezon City (3rd).
For the municipality level, the winners are Mina Electronic Transparent Financial Management System (METFIMANS) of the Mina, Province of Iloilo (1st), Bacnotan Transportation System (BTS) of Bacnotan, Province of La Union (2nd) and the Internal System of Agoo Public Cemetery of the Agoo, Province of La Union (3rd).
Beginning last year and this year, a special category to recognize platforms designed by local governments in responses to the pandemic or the Best in Government Covid-19 Pandemic Response Award (G2P) was included in the categories. The winners for the province level include the Davao del Norte (DavNor) Covid19 Information Management System (1st), Provincial Civil Defense Case Referral System (ProCID Care System) of the Province of Iloilo (2nd), and Southern Leyte Automated Contact Tracing System (3rd).
For city level, the winners are Baguio Inoculation Digital Application (BIDA) of Baguio City (1st), Vaccination Information Management System (VIMS) of Cebu City (2nd), and Viral Assessment and Monitoring System (VAMOS) of San Carlos City, Province of Negros Occidental (3rd).
For the municipality level, the winners are Taytay Trail and Vax of the Municipality of Taytay, Province of Rizal (1st), eMoncadaApp of Moncada, Province of Tarlac (2nd), and the Electronic Covid- 19 Quarantine and Vaccine Management (ECQUAVAMA) System of Mina, Province of Iloilo (3rd).