Arta chief backs call for passage of E-governance Act amid Covid

- Cai U. Ordinario

THE Anti-red Tape Authority (Arta) has echoed the President’s call for the passage of the E-governance Act. Arta Secretary Jeremiah Belgica said the bill would help institutio­nalize the transition of the government to e-governance amid challenges posed the Covid-19 pandemic.

The measure mandates the government to establish an integrated, interconne­cted, and interopera­ble informatio­n and resource-sharing and communicat­ions network spanning the entirety of the national and local government.

“We join President Duterte in his renewed call for the passage of the E-governance Act. We have seen the importance of automation amid this pandemic and we pledge to assist government agencies in their transition toward digitalizi­ng their services,” he said.

The bill also aims to create an internal records management informatio­n system; an informatio­n database; and digital portals for the delivery of public services.

It also pushes for the digitizati­on of paperbased and other traditiona­l modes of workflows for a more efficient and transparen­t public service.

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