PHILIPPINE Economic Zone Authority (Peza) Director General Tereso Panga and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Uy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on May 18, 2023 for a more synchronized and well-coordinated ICT system in the ecozones.
The partnership is Peza’s response to the call of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to ramp up digitalization in government to ensure fast and efficient delivery of services to the public, said Panga.
“Additionally, Peza is committed to carry out DTI Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual's directive to adopt digital transformation to boost the country's competitiveness as investment destination particularly for high-tech and innovator accelerator companies,” he added.
Panga considered the MOU signing as a breakthrough for Peza as agency “continuously enhance data security, transparency, and government transactions to better serve our ecozone developers, locators, and investors making the country more conducive to do and expand businesses with.”
Uy, for his part, said the MOU signing for e-governance will “unify everyone as one government to push for the use of a single operating system for all government transactions ensuring a faster, streamlined, and more convenient delivery of government services in the country.”
The DICT chief also said that in support of the government’s digitalization efforts, the signing ceremony proved to strengthen collaborations between Peza and DICT in achieving and promoting interconnection and interoperability of its respective systems and applications to the other.
Panga highlighted that with the DICT’s help and guidance, the efforts that Peza has exerted throughout these years, in connection with digitalization, will continue and remain steadfast to enhance office and administrative efficiencies, customer satisfaction, and the delivery of services for a much-improved ease of doing business.
Under the MOU, the DICT will assess and evaluate, as well as assist in the development and enhancement of current applications and systems of Peza and provide recommendations and strategy for the improvement of the agency’s ICT system.
The DICT shall also provide an appraisal of the programs and projects that both agencies may agree to develop and shall ensure that identified and existing applications and systems of Peza will be integrated with DICT and that of the digitalization aspect of Marcos’ 8-Point Socio-Economic Agenda.
Peza, being DICT’s digital transformation partner, shall in turn provide guidance on its processes and relevant information and data to DICT ensuring that respective systems and applications are interoperable.
“By adopting e-governance and advancing the development of various solutions, together, we can eliminate bureaucratic inefficiencies, reduce red tape, and provide faster and more convenient access to critical government services,” Uy said.
“Peza has recently rolled out its e-payment system and is set to launch its e-LOA in June this year to automate the remaining office processes to further enhance the facilitation of ecozone shipments. This will make Peza among the trailblazers in government into cashless and paperless transactions,” Panga added.
Peza is also eyeing other high-impact IT infrastructure and automation projects for implementation this year such as hybrid internet connectivity in the ecozones, e-container tracking system with Bureau of Customs, electronic visa and building permits, e-financial management system, Engineering Permits Assessment Monitoring System, digital marketplace, full integration of the public ecozone command centers, and cyber security solutions. (PR)