The Philippines is launching the first Philippine E-Government Forum on October 6 at the La Breza Hotel in Quezon City. The forum seeks to address the recent drop of the Philippines in the biennial United Nations E-Government Survey which ranked the Philippines 95th out of 193 member states in 2014, a steep descent from its 88th spot in 2012.

The Forum shall bring together some 60 representatives across government departments and agencies for a series of workshops on the e-government framework and ICT technology.

UNDESA, in its report, recognizes the power of e-government or “the use of ICT and its application for the provision of information and public services to the people”. The swift and efficient delivery of government services is brought about by effective collaboration among all levels of the government in government-to-government interactions, as well as government-to-consumers or government-to-businesses transactions. Furthermore, UNDESA stresses that e-government and innovation strengthens transparency and the sense of accountability in the public sector.

The Philippine E-Government Forum is an initiative of the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Governance Service Program Monitoring, Evaluation, and Statistical Coordination Division (NIG-PMESCD), under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) ICT Office.

Some of the topics to be discussed are the Government Telecommunication Infrastructure, Human Capacity Development, Data Treatment Methods and ICT Indicators, among many others.