Recognizing the local ICT-enabled solutions in the Philippines, Digital Governance Awards (DGA) encourages local governments to level up their utilization of ICT in their respective localities.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), launched the annual Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2022 last September 1, 2022 via Zoom.

With the theme “Advancing Transformational Growth through Outstanding Local Digital Initiatives,” DGA shares the vision of establishing indices for local government units across the country. This is in hopes of harnessing the potential of ICT towards raising the bar of delivering quality and efficient public service.

“For this year’s implementation, the DGA hopes to engage more local government units and consequently, drive more inspiring stories and encourage more LGUs in involving and integrating ICT in their programs and solutions; to create better impact and perform their services better. ” Undersecretary for ICT Industry Development Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said in her message.

“Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.” Undersecretary for e-Government David Almirol Jr. emphasized Secretary Ivan Uy’s reminder on how to deal with the complexities of processes within the Local Government Units. He also added that building and developing a big team of champions will aid LGUs to improve data governance.

USec Almirol also reiterated the department’s commitment to the country’s digital transformation initiatives. “On behalf of the whole DICT Team, especially in the e-government side, we are very committed to contribute to digital transformation initiatives.”

Among the speakers who presented their winning ICT solutions were Governor Rogelio Pacquiao and Vice Governor Dr. Elmer Tugaoen De Peralta of Sarangani Province, Information System Analyst Michael Edwin C. Eugenio of Baguio City, and Mayor Mary Jean Bebot Te of Libertad, Antique.

DGA is an annual search for best practices among local government units utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to offer public services directly to their constituents and corporate stakeholders. DGA supports the objective of developing guides for local government entities around the country to use ICT to raise the standard in public service delivery.