The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently recognized the various Local Government Units (LGUs) who heeded the call of the department to go digital as a measure to fight COVID-19 as well as to improve the delivery of basic services in the new normal.
Secretary Eduardo M. Año lauded the 15 local government units (LGUs) who won in this year's Digital Governance Awards (DGA) for their remarkable ICT practices and innovations that helped deliver effective delivery of services despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Amid all the present trials, LGUs heeded the call of the DILG to innovate and to help us overcome the adversities of the new and unfamiliar normal. LGUs embraced IT solutions not only to continue working and operating but also to advance strategies in reaching out to their constituents and stakeholders,” said. Año.
“Kayo ang nagsisilbing modelong maaaring pamarisan ng iba pang mga lokalidad. Ito ang nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa lahat na mayroon pa ring mga paraan upang lalong mapabuti ang sistema,” he said.
Año, together with the officials of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), virtually awarded the DGA 2020 winners via Zoom conference.
108 local government-led programs competed in this year’s DGA which were awarded in five categories namely, Best in Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award, Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) Award, Best in LGU Empowerment (G2G) Award, Best in Government Internal Process (G2I) Award, and Best in COVID-19 Pandemic Response (G2P) Award.
The following are the winners in their respective categories:
G2C category - Municipality of San Fabian in Pangasinan for its Tech4Ed centers (municipal level); City of San Juan for its Education in the Time of COVID project (city-level); and Laguna for its Project Iskolar Information System (province level).
Also recognized were the second placer in the G2C category, namely Bambang, Pangasinan, City of Manila, and Province of La Union.
In third place in the G2C category are the Municipality of Baras, Rizal; City of Cauayan, Isabela; and the Province of Davao de Oro.
G2B category - Municipality of Mina, Iloilo bagged the first place for its MAIS-FARMS; the City of Valenzuela won first place for its Paspas permit; and at the provincial level, the Province of Agusan del Sur earned a special citation for its Hatud App.
Second place awardees in the G2B category are the Municipality of Moncada, Tarlac, and Cebu City.
Third place awardees are the Municipality of Odiongan, Romblon, and Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
In the G2G category, the Municipality of Guagua, Pampanga, won first place for its Guagua Geographic Information System; the City of Tuguegarao for its Tuguegarao City Command Center; and the Province of Davao de Oro for its One DDO Helpline.
In second place in the G2G category are the Municipality of Libertad, Antique; Quezon City; and the Province of Laguna.
Third placers are the Municipality of Pulilan, Bulacan; Cauayan City, Isabela; and the Province of La Union.
In the G2I category, the first place awardees are the Municipality of Bayambang, Pangasinan for its Integrated Local Government Unit System; On the city level, the City of Legazpi, Albay won first place for its Automated Building Permit System; On the provincial level, the Province of Davao de Oro won first place for its Funds Utilization Monitoring System.
Second place awardees of the G2I category are the Municipality of Taytay, Rizal; City of Manila; and the Province of Bohol.
Third placers are the Municipality of Bacnotan, La Union; Alaminos City, Pangasinan; and the Province of La Union.
Finally, for the G2P category, the winners are the Municipality of Baliwag, Bulacan for its iAmSafe online application; the City of Valenzuela for its ValTrace app; and the Province of Iloilo for its Reverse Isolation and Contact Tracing Application.
In the second place of G2P awards are the Municipality of Magallanes, Cavite; City of Parañaque; and the Province of South Cotabato.
Third placers are the Municipality of Loon, Bohol; City of Baguio; and the Province of Davao de Oro.
Raising the bar
The DILG Chief urged all LGUs to persevere in scaling up public service in the new normal by going digital. “Take this as a challenge not only to continue but to innovate and move forward. I am certain that there is still so much that we can do in the future. With your ingeniousness and sharing of best practices, I know that our country will soon see the rise of the technological boom in governance,” he said.
The joint project of the DILG, DICT, and NICP shares the vision of establishing indices for LGUs across the country in harnessing the potentials of ICT towards raising the bar in delivering public service.