CEBU CITY, Philippines - The Queen City of the South emerged thriumphant in the recently concluded 6th e-Governance Awards held on November 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The City of Cebu bagged at least three major prizes in three different categories.

These include the following: 1) First Prize in the Data Driven Governance (D2G) Category for its "Cebu City GeoHealth, Save Lives - GIS Dengue Mapping System"; 2.) Second Place in the Best in Government Inter-Operability (G2G) Category for its "Electronic Remittance System"; and 3.) Third Place for Best in Customer Empowerment (G2C) category for its "Cebu City Travel Lines".

Cebu City Health Department and the Geographic Information System (GIS) Center of the Management Information and Computer Services (MICS) Department spearheaded the first prize winning project.

City Health officer Dr. Alma Corpin shared, "The project is a coordinated mapping program that locates, records, collates, clusters and analyzes dengue cases index at the barangays to determine whether the barangay or sitio is a dengue hor spot or already a dengue outbreak site."

"Having identified the high risk areas, solution strategies as 'Pulong-Pulong', community-based dengue lectures, spraying, misting, larviciding, curtain impregnation, dengue search and destroy activities, drainage declogging, dengue vaccination, sanitation or clean-up drive were conducted in cooperation with the barangay offices," Corpin pointed out, citing that it has brought about decrease incidence of dengue cases thus saving lives.

At least Twenty-six (26) Local Government Units nationwide submitted a total of Thirty-nine (39) projects in Five (5) Categories.

The overall winner were Cebu City for Best in Data Driven Governance (D2G), Baliwag, Bulacan for Best in Customer Empowerment (G2C), Quezon City for Best in Government Inter-Operability (GG), Iloilo City for Business Empowerment (G2B), and Cagayan De Oro City for Best in Digital Payment (P2G).

Th award was received by the Team from Cebu City Government headed by MICS Department head Engr. William Cris V. Artajo.

Artajo underscored that Cebu City hauled the most number of major awards from single location in the said competition and the shower of wins came after a 3 year drought.

For Wilfredo Sa-a Jr., managing director of CIB-O (formerly CEDF-IT), he enthuses that, "We have seen to continue the increasing awareness among LGUs to embrace the digital technology with the growing number of entries and LGUs participating each year and the competition to improve has been getting stiffer every year."

"We have seen how small and remote places are competing and beating their bigger counterparts. ICT and Internet has level up the playing field for all players," he said.

The annual eGov Award was started during the time of the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo with the aim to recognize benchmark practices of LGUs in the use of ICT tools and solutions to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of government services. (By: Greggy P. SenadosCity of Cebu, Public Information Office)