PCW, DICT sign agreement toward e-governance, digitally connected government

DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy with PCW representatives, headed by Executive Director Atty. Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chaves and OIC Deputy Executive Director for Management Services Ms. Honey Castro, joined by Mr. Nico Natividad, Ms. Nevi Calma, and Ms. Mary Gladys Esquibal from the Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division 

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have recently forged a partnership to promote e-governance and established a digitally connected government at a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding held at the Manila Marriott Hotel on April 25, 2023.  PCW, represented by Executive Director Atty. Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chaves and DICT Secretary Mr. Ivan John E. Uy inked the agreement, witnessed by PCW OIC Deputy Executive Director for Management Services Ms. Honey Castro.

The agreement aims to ensure that both agencies can leverage ICT toward the more efficient fulfillment of their mandates.  It entails sharing of knowledge, expertise, and assessment of current ICT applications and systems that can lead to maximizing digital technologies for public service, in line with the government’s thrust toward digital transformation. This step also contributes to the goal of advancing interconnection and interoperability of agencies, toward a digitally empowered society.

In her message, Executive Director Atty. Yuzon-Chaves expressed PCW’s commitment to work closely with DICT in this pursuit.

“By working closely with the DICT, we are confident that we can leverage the latest technologies and best practices to achieve our shared vision of a digitally empowered society…Our collaboration with the DICT provides an excellent opportunity to assess and evaluate our existing ICT systems and identify areas for improvement. We are excited about the potential applications and systems that will result from this partnership, which will enable us to further promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country,” ED Yuzon-Chaves stated.

DICT Secretary Uy highlighted the importance of digital transformation and e-governance in streamlining government services and addressing inefficiencies. “We are transforming government service to government as a service.” he said. 

Ahead of its roll-out, the DICT discussed the main features of the e-Gov Super app, the single portal for all government transactions, a move approved by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on April 11, 2023. The e-Gov app is the Philippines’ first one-stop shop platform for local and national government services that will streamline processes and transactions, from transactions with national government agencies and local government units, job hunting, tourism, travel, agriculture, health, and others. The PCW also commends the inclusion of the reporting mechanism for women’s abuse in the e-Gov app which can help victims seek help. 

Aside from PCW, DICT also signed respective MOUs with the the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation, Anti-Red Tape Authority, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Treasury, Home Development Mutual Fund (PAG-IBIG), National Printing Office, Council for the Welfare of Children, Maritime Industry Authority, National Commission for Senior Citizens, and Credit Information Corporation.