Thursday, July 7, 2011

Accountability in e-Government fund

A lot has been said about the news of CICT demotion. As there are some developments that are happening as of this writing, I guess what I can do is just give some sort of a backgrounder.

This article was first published in GMANews.TV (April 8, 2008)

Accountability in P10-B e-Government fund

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology, under the Office of the President, is currently working on a roadmap for the information and communications technology sector. I consider this a welcome news, but at the same time, vigilance must be exerted to ensure that this gets done with the interest of the Filipino people in mind.

One component of this big document is the Government Information Systems Plan or GISP. Supposedly, the GISP should serve as basis for all ICT spending in government. Under the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 8972 or the E-Commerce Law, the document should have been updated to reflect the e-government requirements and make them compliant under the law.

However, since 2005, the GISP was not updated and most projects being undertaken through the fund in relation to the nearly P10 billion worth of e-government spending is very much ad-hoc. As most of the projects since 2002 are still in progress, hardly is there any audit report to date showing how the fund is used on a per project basis.

There must be clear accountability and responsibility as mandated by existing laws as far as the E-Government Fund is concerned.

For instance, the basis for the creation of the E-Government Fund is a mandate in the E-Commerce Law. It required the Department of Budget and Management to allot a budget from savings to fund the e-government requirements of the law.

The CICT got the task to select projects to be approved, despite the absence of an updated GISP. It is also an active recipient of the fund, amounting to more or less P200 million year after year (based on COA audit report of 2006). The reason behind CICT's task is its being an ICT office and its role in the inevitable formation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

To avoid doubts on the processes undertaken by CICT, there should be transparency in the implementation of projects. Decision-making on project selection and the parties involved must be explained. Reports on projects approved, the budget, rationale, and verified status of the projects can be posted on their site. 

Additional info:
General Appropriation Act Notes (E-Government Fund started in 2002. It was in 2007 where the provisions of the E-Commerce Law, GEPCSET (Electronic Payment in Government), and Cybercrime provisions were inserted as requested by former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr.):

Monday, June 6, 2011

ICT4ALL: Innovation, Technology & Diversity

It has been awhile since I updated this blog. However, it seems destiny brought me to the path of cyber legislation again and will resume active role soon. Will be giving a talk today in ICT for Development. 


The National Computer Institute (NCI) of the National Computer Center (NCC) will hold a one-day Tech Talk entitled “ICT4All: Innovation, Technology & Diversity” on  June 7, 2011, from  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Audio Visual Room, Ground Flr., NCC Building, C.P. Garcia Ave., Diliman, Quezon City. This is in  line with the celebration of the National IT Month this June, and the 40th anniversary of the NCC.

Speakers include experts in their respective fields giving 30-minute presentations on an informal atmosphere with some Q & A. Topics include:

  1. Social Networks, Social Impact, Mr. Ruben D. Canlas, Jr.
  2. Information Security Governance, Mr. Solomon B. Anastacio
  3. ICT for Development (eGovernment Situationer/ICT for Fighting Corruption), Ms. Janette Toral
  4. ICT BPO Road Map, Mr. Raymond Lacdao
  5. Unconference Session : Crime Prevention and Safety Tips, PSupt. Adriatico B. Del Camat Jr.
  6. Free and Open Source Software: A Viable Option in Government, Prof. Ariel Betan
  7. Green ICT to Address Climate Change, Ma. Gerarda Asuncion D. Merilo

Interested participants have to confirm their participation with Ms. Lina R. Sancho at telephone number 920-0101 loc 2611 or email address Only confirmed participants will be accommodated. 

Post event. Here is my presentation deck:
ICT4ALL: ICT for Development
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