A senior lawmaker said Congress could help accelerate the digitization of national government by approving the e-governance law, which will facilitate contactless transactions and ensure the uninterrupted delivery of basic services.
Camarines Sur representative Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte Jr. pointed out that President Rodrigo Duterte approved his e-governance bill during the Chief Executive’s latest State of the Nation (Sona) speech in July. He added that the bill also gained support from the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta).
The bill on e-governance, which requires the establishment of an integrated, interconnected and interoperable information, resource sharing and communication network covering all national and local governments, obtained the green light from the lower house last year. The bill remains pending in the Senate.
Villafuerte said the proposed law was part of his troika of legislative initiatives designed to further accelerate the Philippines’ digital switchover.
The lawmaker explained that the use of technological tools will provide the country with new opportunities for growth “and make our economy more inclusive, especially for millions of Filipinos in the countryside.”
Through electronic governance, Villafuerte wants to establish a contactless electronic services system in all government offices and crown corporations to eliminate official paper transactions and physical queues in government offices as a highly contagious and fatal pathogen. remains a threat.
He said the Philippines needs to accelerate their digital transition, especially with the predominance of online transactions and electronic payments, as well as the use of the internet to access information.