With the current administration of President Aquino using IT to help ensure a higher level of governance, expect more innovation to come. Let’s hope Australian business in this sector come to appreciate the potential and consider investing in the country too.

From Businesssworld Philippines

October 09, 2012

Gov’t hailed for its digital reforms

THE PHILIPPINES is “generating a lot of buzz” with its digital reform measures, after it participated in two international conferences last week, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said in a statement yesterday.

Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad last week attended the launch of the Better Than Cash Alliance, a coalition of private institutions, governments and international organizations committed to implementing cashless payments in government transactions.

The Alliance praised the Philippines’ shift to electronic banking for the distribution of the benefits of retired military and police personnel, Mr. Abad said. It also cited the country’s plans to distribute conditional cash transfer allowances through mobile phone transactions.

“We’re finally keeping up with the international community and tapping the innovations at our disposal,” Mr. Abad said in the statement.

The Philippines turned heads during the official launch of the Better Than Cash Alliance in New York City, where global leaders and country representatives hailed the Aquino administration for its efforts to implement key reforms, particularly through information and communications technology (ICT).

“We are generating a lot of buzz in the international community, especially with the digital reform measures we’re now instituting. Since the beginning of the Aquino administration, we’ve emphasized our commitment to improved governance, and it’s increasingly clear to us that ICT will be a valuable instrument in achieving this,” Mr. Abad said.

He said the Aquino administration has also been at the helm of the Cashless Card Purchase system, which will be piloted by the Department of National Defense (DND).

This initiative will enable government personnel to use a card linked to an online system for authorized purchases, and allow easier monitoring of government transactions. — Diane Claire J. Jiao

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