MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go pushed for the passage of the e-governance bill, saying the digitization of government services has become essential.
This, as the study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) showed that the losses in wages and productivity of Filipino workers due to Covid-19 have been estimated at up to 2.3 trillion. PHP during their lifetime.
“I have a bill pending in the Senate, the e-governance bill that I introduced in my first year as a senator. It can serve in part as a blueprint and a model for how we are turning many processes into a digital form, ”Go said in a press release Friday.
The bill seeks to establish an integrated, interconnected and interoperable information communication and resource sharing network within government for the rapid delivery of public services.
In addition to the government network, the bill also provides for the establishment of an internal information system on case management and a centralized information database.
It provides for the creation and maintenance of digital portals through which the public can request and receive public services and also encourages the digitization of paper workflows and other traditional modes for a more efficient and transparent public service.
The measure aims to serve as a guide for the country’s eventual transition into the digital age, allowing the government to function more effectively. This is in line with the government’s desire to be closer to its constituents, providing better access to government through the use of modern technology.
The use and implementation of e-health services, which are sought to institutionalize through the e-health bill tabled by Go, is a form of this proposed national digitization specifically geared towards solving health problems. public health.
The measure foresees the use of information and communication technologies for health or e-health as one of the strategic instruments allowing not only to address the current disparities in the provision of health care services and rapid access to healthcare. information for better decision-making and intervention, but also to support and facilitate the achievement of universal health care goals of better outcomes, sustained health financing and a responsive health system.
Go, a presidential aspirant who has pledged to continue the Duterte administration’s agendas, also said that the current administration has institutionalized reforms to streamline government processes such as signing the Law of the Republic (RA) 11032 or of the Ease of Doing Business Act, the creation of an Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), facilitating the transition to e-governance and the implementation of the Philippine ID system, among others.
He said he plans to create more Malasakit centers to help cover hospital costs for indigent Filipinos. He is the author and sponsored of the adoption of the Law of the Republic No. 11463 or the Law on the Center of Malasakit.
The Malasakit Center Act provides poor and indigent Filipinos who have been hospitalized with convenient access to various government medical assistance programs.
There are currently 149 fully operational Malasakit centers across the country, which Go wants to double in its first 100 days, if elected president in the May 2022 election.
“My goal is for every public hospital in the country to have a Malasakit center. We will reduce our poor hospital bills to the lowest possible amount, if not zero, ”said Go. (RP)