Gov’t goes hybrid if grid enhanced

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is eyeing to implement hybrid set up for government services by ensuring improved connectivity for the seamless delivery of e-governance.

“Face-to-face engagement can be reduced and can be moved online. Ideally, you can transact with the government anywhere you are comfortable through your mobile devices or laptops. That way, traffic on EDSA will be reduced because fuel is very expensive now,” DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy told reporters in an interview last week.

“There are many arrangements now that work from home, so at the same time they can access the public service from home. (We will) incorporate that with better digital payment systems,” he said.

Uy reiterated the DICT will support legislations that would allow for better connectivity and seamless interconnectivity to bring e-governance to the public and give people direct access to government resources and services.

Digital workforce needed

“(We will) help build up our digital workforce. Our legislators have actually submitted several draft bills to build up our supply of workers in this digital economy, global economy to allow for better connectivity and seamless interconnectivity,” he added.

Senator Grace Poe recently refiled the “Better Internet Act” to improve Internet service and access across the country.

The bill aims to deliver fast, reliable, secure and affordable Internet and require internet service providers (ISP) to widen their reach and establish a minimum and consistent Internet connection speed.

“Internet speed is the frequent complaint of the public. I think we should support that. If the (ISPs) are quick to charge us fees, then maybe they should also be ready to provide a service worthy of what we are paying for,” Uy said.

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