The Cebu City Government won first prize in the eGovernance Awards for Local Government in the G2B (Government to Business Empowerment) Category on November 22-23, 2012 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Besting 57 other local government units all over the country, Cebu City bagged a trophy of distinction plus a check worth Php 100,000.00.
The eGovernance Awards is conducted in honor of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo to recognize local government units (LGUs) utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) in the delivery of services. The eGov Awards are in two categories, namely: G2C (Government to Customer Empowerment) Award and G2B (Government to Business Empowerment) Award. The G2C category recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU’s practice in applying ICT solutions in the education and engagement of the public in the use of electronic facilities/channels towards providing improved, timely and relevant public services. Meanwhile, the G2B category awards the significant effect of an LGU’s laudable practices in integrating ICT solutions and the commitment of its administration to transparency, accountability and in the responding to the needs of the business enterprises, thereby creating business opportunities.
The 58 entries in the preliminaries were trimmed down to 18 with 9 entries for the G2C category and the other 9 for the G2B category. The three major island groups, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, were well represented with 3 entries each for every category.
The 18 finalists competed again for the finals in Clark, Pampanga on November 8-9, 2012. Cebu City’s G2B entry, the Office of the Building Official Information System (OBO IS), received an overwhelming acknowledgement from the nine members of the panel of distinguished judges coming from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the education sector and select ICT solution providers. According to the judges, what made the OBO Information System a cut above the rest of the entries were: (1) it was something new and refreshing as it catered specifically to contractors, something that ubiquitous information systems in most LGUs (i.e. real property systems, business permit licensing, etc.) have yet to address; (2) the SMS interactive component allows for clients to inquire about the status of their applications (among other services) even when they’re mobile; and (3) the tracking system inherent to the OBO IS measures the efficiency of employees, thereby promoting productivity.
The awarding ceremony was held at the Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna as the culminating activity for the 5th Annual National ICT Confederation of the Philippines Summit which was attended by 22 ICT Councils nationwide.