DIGITALIZATION in all government transactions to avoid corruption, speed up the process and make sure that the Philippines follows in the same pace of the global digital world.
This, Information and Communications Secretary Atty. Ivan said, is what the administration wants to achieve even before the end of President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr.'s six-year term.
"If they (private companies) can do online transactions, why can't the government do so as well," he said.
Secretary Uy said that President Marcos wants to tighten the gap between the Filipino and the government by eliminating unnecessary hindrances.
"People will have to take time off from their work. How about the lowly workers who are under a no-work, no-pay policy? They will have to wait for a long line, risking their health due to COVID-19, just for a piece of document," Secretary Uy said on what they discussed with President Marcos Jr.
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"But if everything is digitalized through e-governance, it is not limited to Monday to Friday work. Even at night, holidays or any day, select government offices can deliver," he said.
Aside from not being exposed to a possible virus carrier, Secretary Uy said this will also lessen what he called "power trip."
"Lesser human interaction. Lesser people who might take advantage and flex their power trip. Lesser or no more fixers and syndicates," he added.
For the DICT, digitalization means better service and a bigger income for the government
"We can erase corruption with digital transactions," he said.
He said that through e-governance, Filipino information technology experts can come up with an artificial intelligence for the transactions.
Atty. Uy said that he plans to engage with the various heads of the different government agencies to have just one system that will work.
"There are many who will push back, especially those whose illegal activities will be trampled upon," he said.
Secretary Uy also said that it is important to link the tip of northern Philippines to the outermost areas in the south of the country
He said digital connectivity for the entire archipelago is "a big challenge" but they will work on it under the Marcos Administration to ensure everybody is connected.
"Connections are important not just for families, but in learning as well," Secretary Uy said.
He also said that the Marcos Administration will make sure that every rural area will have access to teleconsultations.
Secretary Uy said that they are looking to boost the internet connections in the Visayas and Mindanao region by means of Elon Musk's Starlink and other satellites that can be used by the government.
"Starlink is ideal because of its low orbit. The scope of coverage is far greater and can reach areas that can't be reached or hard to reach," he said at the Laging Handa Public Breifing.
Secretary Uy explained that telcos usually find it hard to set up in "missionary routes," or areas that have few users.
That is why more satellites are needed to help boost communication, internet signals and other services.
"So far, the coverages are the northern part of the Philippines and not much on the southern part, where we badly need satellite connectivity. That is why a new satellite might be launched that would cover Central Philippines," Secretary Uy said.
He did not specify if it will be launched by the government or a private institution, but said that it is targeted by the end of the year.