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Philippines to invest in online gov’t service mapping project

The Philippines’ Commission on Information and Communications Technology will be spearheading a project that seeks to map all online government services in a single portal.

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According to CICT Chairman, Ivan Uy, the portal aims to provide a platform that would collate important information from different government agencies.

The commission will be collaborating with agencies such as the Philippine National Police, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration for a project that would result in better and more efficient delivery of social services in areas such as disaster management, crime mapping, and resource management.

The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the world’s leading provider of GIS software development and services, offered to donate US$6 million to help CICT “electronically enable” the country’s government services.

“During our talk, Jack Dangermond, the founder of Esri, offered to donate for the project and we are very much happy for that because we would have a budget to start the project,” said Uy.

To cut on costs, the CICT proposes the creation of a government-owned data centre for the services portal and GIS information.

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