What is E-GOVERNMENT FUND (EGF)?

Under Republic Act (RA) 9206, General Appropriations Act (GAA) for FY 2003, the EGF was created as an alternative funding source for mission-critical, high-impact, and cross-agency ICT projects in the government.

 

What is the purpose of EGF?

  • Institutionalization of a facility / mechanism that would provide full funding support for mission-critical government ICT projects;
  • Ensure successful completion of high-impact ICT projects that would jumpstart the development and implementation of e-Government throughout the country; and
  • Facilitation of professional evaluation, selection and monitoring practices for ICT projects that would result in more effective and/or efficient cross-agency interfaces

 

History of E-Government Fund

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12 July 2000 Executive Order No. 264 (Estrada Administration) Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (ITECC) was established as the highest policy making body on ICT matters. It was formed from the merger of the National Information Technology Council (NITC) which was chaired by the DOST Secretary and the Electronic Commerce Promotion Council (ECPC) chaired by the DTI Secretary. The ITECC was chaired by DTI and Co-Chaired by the DOST and a private sector representative. The DTI also served as the Secretarial of the Council. The National Computer Center (NCC) was one of the eight (8) members from the government sector.
25 May 2001 Executive Order No. 18 (Arroyo Administration) ITECC was reorganized with former President Gloria M. Arroyo as Chairperson. Former DTI Secretary Mar Roxas and Ambassador Roberto Romulo were designated as Co-Chairpersons. With the President as Chairperson, the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) assumed the secretariat functions.
23 April 2003 Republic Act (RA) 9206, General Appropriations Act (GAA) for FY 2003 Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (ITECC) was established as the highest policy making body on ICT matters. It was formed from the merger of the National Information Technology Council (NITC) which was chaired by the DOST Secretary and the Electronic Commerce Promotion Council (ECPC) chaired by the DTI Secretary. The ITECC was chaired by DTI and Co-Chaired by the DOST and a private sector representative. The DTI also served as the Secretarial of the Council. The National Computer Center (NCC) was one of the eight (8) members from the government sector.
25 May 2001 Executive Order No. 18 (Arroyo Administration) ITECC was reorganized with former President Gloria M. Arroyo as Chairperson. Former DTI Secretary Mar Roxas and Ambassador Roberto Romulo were designated as Co-Chairpersons. With the President as Chairperson, the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) assumed the secretariat functions.
23 April 2003 Republic Act (RA) 9206, General Appropriations Act (GAA) for FY 2003 ITECC proposed for the creation of the E-Government Fund (EGF) by setting aside 5% of the mandatory cuts on maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlays (CO) from the proposed 2003 national budget. The EGF was created as a source of funding for strategic ICT projects of government that are mission-critical, high-impact, and cross-agency in nature.The GAA provided for the setting up of the EGF under Sec.68. Establishment of E-Government Fund which states that “The Secretary of Budget and Management is authorized to establish the E-Government Fund to finance major ICT projects of the government as may be determined by the ITECC. Said fund may be sourced from appropriations authorized in this Act, subject to the approval of the President of the Philippines.”Under the approved 2003 national budget, the EGF was created and managed by ITECC. The initial fund was set up by allocating 2% of the CO and MOOE of each government agency for e-government projects. This amounted to around Four Billion Pesos (P 4,000,000,000.00).
12 January 2004 Executive Order No. 269 The EGF was institutionalized and became a separate item in the national budget in the amount of One Billion Pesos (P 1,000,000,000.00) annually.The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) under the Office of the President was created. The CICT is composed of the National Computer Center (NCC), Telecommunications Office (TELOF), and all other operating units of the DOTC which directly support Communications, including the Telecommunications Policy and Planning Group that became the Plans, Policy and Research Support Services (PPRSS).Section 4e provided CICT with the power and function to provide an integrating framework and oversee the identification and prioritization of all E-Government Fund, which shall be institutionalized and included in the proposed annual national budget.
20 July 2004 Executive Order No. 334 The ITECC was abolished and the Council’s budget, assets, personnel, programs and projects were transferred to CICT.
Republic Act (RA) 9206, General Appropriations Act (GAA) for FY 2010 Chapter XLI, E-Government Fund. Release of the appropriate amounts shall be made with the guidelines issued by the CICT, and subject to pertinent budgeting and accounting rules and regulations. CICT issued CICT Memorandum Order No. 001-2010 entitled the “E-Government Fund Guidelines” which became the basis of all government agencies with proposed ICT projects in seeking assistance from the EGF.
30 June 2011 Executive Order No. 47 The CICT was reorganized, renamed as the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) and transferred to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The ICTO is mandated under Section e to “Formulate the Government Information Systems Plan and administer the E-Governance Fund.”
27 December 2013 Republic Act (RA) 10633, General Appropriations Act (GAA) for FY 2014 The annual allocation of EGF was increased from One Billion Pesos (P 1,000,000,000.00) to Two Billion Four Hundred Seventy Eight Million Nine Hundred Thousand (2,478,900,000) starting Year 2014 for strategic information and communication and technology (ICT) projects in public financial management, basic and higher education, health, justice, peace and order, transport, land use, open government/ open data, climate change and citizen frontline delivery services. These projects are bound to strictly comply with all the criteria and guidelines jointly prescribed by the ICTO-DOST, DBM and NEDA.“Special Provision(s) Strategic Information and Communication Technology Projects. The amount of Two Billion Four Hundred Seventy Eight Million Nine Hundred Thousand (2,478,900,000) appropriated herein for strategic information and communication and technology projects in public financial management, basic and higher education, health, justice, peace and order, transport, land use, open government/ open data, climate change and citizen frontline delivery services: PROVIDED. That such projects strictly comply with all the criteria and guidelines jointly prescribed by the Information and Communication Technology Office, DBM and NEDA. In no case shall said amount be used for any other purpose. Releases from said amount shall be subject to the submission of a Special Budget pursuant to Section 35, Chapter 5, Book VI of E.O. No. 292, s . 1987.

Appropriations for the Medium-Term Information and Communication Technology Harmonization Initiative. The amount appropriated herein for strategic information and communication technology projects includes 5 Million (5,000,000) to be used to finance the activities of the steering committee tasked to ensure the effective implementation of the Medium-Term Information and Communication Technology Harmonization Initiative, in accordance with DOST-DBM-NEDA Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2012-01 dated November 28, 2012.”