Zamboanga City will soon experience faster and more efficient public services with the launch of the Philippine Government Network (GovNet) on June 11, 2020. This project covers 88 nodes and clients in Zamboanga City comprising of 56 national government agencies (NGAs), 12 local government unit (LGU) offices, 6 government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), 3 state universities and colleges (SUCs), 2 public schools, 4 COVID-19 facilities, among others.

“With GovNet, the delivery of services is expected to become faster and more efficient as government agencies become interconnected, their functions integrated, and their operations interoperable,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said. “These efforts are in keeping with the marching orders of our President Rodrigo Duterte to connect the government to other governments, domestic and global, government to businesses, and government to citizens, and everybody to each other, in a faster, cheaper (if not free), and in a more secure manner,” he added.

GovNet uses fiber optic technologyto provide government offices with high speed broadband connection by connecting government agencies to a data center that is operational and secured 24/7. It is equipped with the necessary network machines, cooling, power, fire protection, and monitoring systems. The use of fiber optics also allows transfer of large amounts of data or information, owing to more responsive and transparent government online services.

The GovNet project aims to provide the necessary infrastructure and ICT equipment needed to support the DICT’s agenda of a recalibrated digital government for the “new normal”. This project implements the objectives laid out in the eGovernment Master Plan 2.0 (EGMP 2.0) through the execution of basic infrastructure and shared services.

The success of this project is attributed to the efforts of DirectorMaria Teresa Camba as well as the DICT personnel from the Field Operations Office in Mindanao Cluster 1, who tirelessly spearheaded the accomplishment of this project in spite of the limitations and challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation.

“GovNet shall enjoin our efforts towards a unified front with cheaper and faster government transactions so we can efficiently address the most immediate needs of our citizens in support of the Inter-Agency Task Force’s initiatives to curtail and eliminate the COVID-19 threat,” Honasan stated.

The agenda of an ICT-enabled government is likewise one of the key highlights of the National ICT Month 2020, with its theme of “Maximazing ICT for the New Normal”. During the month-long celebration, the DICT will be conducting webinars and other activities to achieve its vision of a Digital Philippines. Topic areas include digitalization of government services; interconnectivity to widen public reach of services and opportunities; promotion of cybersecurity to achieve safe and secured ICTs; and other strategies to transform the nation to better adapt to the new normal.

For details and the schedule of available free webinars, visit the DICT’s social media pages @DICTgovph.