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Tie-up eyed for online govt services

August 22, 2019

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said it will sign an agreement with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the nationwide automation of government services.

ARTA in a statement on Wednesday said Director General Jeremiah Belgica and DICT Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic met last Friday to discuss the details of the agreement.

The two agencies are eyeing a collaboration that will be marked by the signing of the Memorandum of agreement in the first week of September.

The initiative will be carried out by both agencies to accelerate efficiency in government through automation by making the most of information and communication technologies.

Belgica said the automation and digitization of government services can bring benefits across numerous functions of government.

Once completed, the initiative will lower the operational costs for government agencies and pave the way for faster service offering to the benefit of the transacting public.

“Automation would be pivotal in our government’s effort to go paperless in the years to come, and to eliminate corruption by minimizing interaction between applicants and government employees and officials,” he said.

ARTA urged all government agencies’ to support the automation of government services initiative.

Heads of government offices and agencies are advised to reach out to DICT for assistance in their automation efforts.

During the meering, Caintic introduced the project Chief Information Officer Corps, a DICT-backed program where DICT IT experts would partner with a government agency’s IT team to assist in automating and digitizing their services.

“Together with DICT, ARTA intends to be the window to the future of government, ultimately paving the way to a digital Philippines that maximizes productivity and minimizes waste and eliminates corruption. We implore all government agencies to take the huge step in adopting modern technology with us. ARTA is ready to embrace change to serve the Filipino people better,” said Belgica.

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