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Cebu LGUs win big in Digital cities PH

EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY. William Artajo of the Cebu City Management Information and Computer
System (center) receives the Best in eGov Data-Driven Governance Award. With him are (from left) Alan
Smyth of Convergence ICT, Cebu IT-BPM Organization managing director Wilfredo Sa-a Jr., Department of
Information and Communications Technology Assistant Regional Director Frederick Amores and National
ICT Confederation of the Philippines trustee Rob Enriquez

CEBU CITY was a big winner during the 2018 Digital Cities Philippines (DCP) Awards Night.

Some 65 projects from 36 local government units (LGUs) were recognized as nominees for
six categories. Cebu was the only city that took home two grand awards last Oct. 12 in
Manila.
It bagged the Best Data Driven Governance (D2G) award for its Geo-hazard mapping
information system and the Best in e-Government Systems for Global Competitiveness
(G2W) award for its Cebu business application and online analytics.

The D2G category cites the efforts of an LGU in recognizing that good governance through
ICT goes hand-in-hand with fair and responsible processing of data.

The G2W category, on the other hand, cites the efforts of an LGU in developing world-
class systems in using ICT that are at par with international or internationally – recognized
standards, making the LGU globally competitive, recognized, and virtually accessible and
interactive.

Cebu Province, meanwhile, won the grand prize for Best in e-Government Business
Empowerment (G2B) for its Smart Utilities for Government Business Operations (Sugbo)
Program.

This category awards the significant effect of an LGU’s laudable practices in integrating ICT
solutions and the commitment of its administration in the LGU’s responsiveness to the needs of
business enterprises, creating business opportunities.

The Province also won third place for Best in e-Government for Government Inter-
Operability (G2G) award for its Cebu Province Health Office (CPHO) Teams.

This category awards the valuable impact of an LGU’s initiative to connect data and systems
with other government offices, both national and local, for the convenience of its constituents
and to improve its public service delivery.

Cebu IT-BPM (information technology-business process management) Organization (Cib.O)


managing director Wilfredo Sa-a Jr. welcomed these recognition, saying these will strengthen
Cebu’s image as an “innovation island.” He said these show Cebu is continuously innovating and
maximizing the use of technology to deliver efficient and effective services in a more transparent
manner.
“These awards show that Cebu City has always been and continues to be a front-runner in the
use of technology tools and solutions to make it a better and competitive city,” said Sa-a.

“It also reflects our local government’s commitment on the use of technology in a very
productive manner to make our lives better,” he added.

Sa-a hopes these will score more points for Cebu, as it strives to regain its position in the top 10
of Tholons Top 100 Super Cities list. “We hope this will further build Cebu’s image,” he said.

This year, Cebu improved one notch in the list of Top 100 Super Cities released by Tholons.
From its 12th ranking last year, Cebu City rose to the 11th spot in the 2018 Tholons Services
Globalization Index.

Bacolod shortlisted in eGov awards


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BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA6) -- Bacolod City was again included in the shortlist as
national finalist in the eGov Awards 2018, or the “digitalcitiesPH Awards: Best Practices
in eGovernance for LGUs” of the Department of Information and Communications
Technology (DICT).

Bacolod is competing in the G2B (Best in Business Empowerment), one of the six
categories of the eGov awards, with its entry called, “Automated Clearance System
(ACS).”

The ACS enhances and streamlines the process for the renewal of business permits. It
lessens the face-time of the taxpayers in processing their permits with various offices or
agencies, thus saving their time.

According to a statement from the Bacolod City Information Office, Bacolod City Mayor
Evelio Leonardia said that this is another encouraging development for the city.

“While our goal is really to improve the delivery of services to the public, this is also in
recognition of our officials and employees’ efforts to upgrade the quality of local
governance. We must avail of the benefits of new technology to provide better service
to our people,” Leonardia said upon learning of the news.

The G2B (Best in Business Empowerment) Award cites the significant effect of an LGU’s
laudable practices in integrating ICT solutions and the LGUs responsiveness to the needs
of business enterprises, thereby creating business opportunities.
The Digital Cities PH Awards Ceremony will be held at the Philippine International
Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.

The eGov Awards is a DICT project, in collaboration with the National ICT Confederation
of the Philippines (NICP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government
(DILG).

Last year, Bacolod received two trophies and two certificates of recognition for being a
finalist in the two other categories of the e-Gov Awards 2017.*(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros
Occidental)

BACOLOD CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA6) -- Bacolod City hopes for another feather on its cap.

Bacolod City is nominated for eGov Awards this year and is finalist in the Best in Data-
Driven Governance (D2G) and Best in Government Inter-Operability (G2G) Categories.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that the nomination of Bacolod for eGov
awards came on the heels of national awards earned by the city this year: The Top
Philippine Model City last May; One of the Top 3 finalists in the Most Business-Friendly
City in the country last October; and The Best City to Live in the Philippines, by The
Conyo Times early this year, a release from the Bacolod City Information Office said.

Bacolod’s entry is e-Barangay Information Network (eBIN), a collaboration among


the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), City Development Council,
CBMS (City-Based Monitoring System) for the 61 barangays of the city, MITCS
(Management Information Technology Computer Services), and Councilor Em
Ang, ICT (Information and Communications Technology) focal officer of the city
government.
The eBIN provides data and linkage between barangays and the city government
with guiding principle for an inclusive participation of its constituents.

The eGov Awards, now in its 6th year, is also called the Awards for Excellence in ICT for
Good Governance of Local Government Units (LGUs).

This National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP)-organized award is in


collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the
Department of the Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

According to NICP, the D2G awards recognizes the efforts of an LGU in recognizing that
good governance through ICT goes hand-in-hand with the fair and responsible
processing of data.

Effective e-Governance provides constituents with convenience and better services


through the free flow of information while ensuring at the same time that personal data
is protected.

The G2G awards, meanwhile, recognizes the valuable impact of an LGU’s initiative to
connect data and systems with other government offices, both national and local, for
the convenience of their constituents and to improve its public service delivery.
(JSC/EAD/PIA6 Negros Occidental) .