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Cebu City and Tarlac bag top eGovernance awards

Cebu City and Tarlac bag top eGovernance awards

STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna, Nov. 26 (PNA) — Cebu City and Tarlac City have bested other communities as they bagged the two top eGovernance awards, the G2C (Government Customer Empowerment) and the G2B (Government Business Empowerment), respectively, from the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).

NICP is the recognized national organization of ICT Councils in the Philippines.

Recognized for its “paperless medical record,” Tarlac attributed their success to perseverance in pursuing their goal of computerizing health record management system, Jojo Zapanta, Tarlac provincial government IT consultant, said.

“It saves time and allows our doctors and medical assistants to attend more to their patients,” Zapanta enthused. “We believe that with healthier community, comes progress.”

Zapanta explained that following the computerization of medical records in Tarlac which they piloted in Gerona and Paniqui in 2009, people are now assured of continued proper medical assistance.

“Their health is closely monitored. Patients who require regular consultation are reminded of their schedule and the medication they need. These are all generated in the system,” he explained.

He said that the provincial and the local government could make use of the people’s health records in planning health related projects. “They have ready data which could be their basis in implementing reforms and projects at the health sector,” he added.

Zapanta said that 30 of Tarlac’s 38 municipalities will have the system in place before the year ends.

Cebu on the other hand, won the award for adopting a more efficient and convenient system on processing building permit.

“It used to take several months before one could secure a building permit. Following our computerization system which started in 2010, it only takes 10 days to accomplish the permit,” city architect Florante Catalan said.

He said the system has made tracking and processing easier and more convenient. The applicant has to come to the office only to submit the required documents and to pick up their permit upon advice.

“With a booming construction business Cebu City is experiencing now, issuing building permit is not a problem,” Catalan said.

Tarlac and Cebu were among the several communities extended the eGovernance awards in a ceremony held at Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa City on Friday. Other winners were Naga City, Iloilo City, Carmona and Palauan City.

Speaking during the ceremony, outgoing NICP president Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said the performance of the winning communities will serve as the benchmark for other local government units in enhancing their delivery of service.

This was echoed by Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero who also encouraged the winners to develop a uniform system that can be used by all local government units (LGUs) to have a transparent and efficient tool for delivering government services. (PNA)

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