Two EOs for faster internet and improved online government services in the Philippines

Rodolfo Salima, secretary of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) during a press conference on Tuesday, June 13 told the media that they are already counting on President Rodrigo Duterte to sign two proposed executive orders for faster internet and improved online government services.

With the first EO, to improve online government services, DICT will be able to operate a government portal that enable citizens to transact documents from government agencies in a "one-stop shop" website rather than through different websites once the transfer of all data was done.

He said gathering all government data into one portal managed is one way to ensure the data is better protected and is hopeful that all other agencies will be able to transfer their data to the department in 6 months.

On the other hand, the second EO that pushes for local government units to speed up the processing of permits for the construction and operation of cell sites.

Once implemented, telecommunication companies will be able to put up more cell sites all over the country and allow more people to access the internet.

Part of the plan, to be implemented from 2017 to 2027, is to provide internet access points to remote rural areas as well as to provide connections of at least 10 Mbps to subscribers by 2020.

SOURCE: [Rappler]

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