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CICT wants more interactive LGU websites

Posted on: Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Personally, I think it shouldn’t be limited to e-payment systems. It would be nice if citizens’ feedback could be posted in more prominent places on the sites.
clipped from technology.inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — Having Internet presence benefited local government units (or LGUs) in terms of a better tourism economy and faster public services. The next step, according to the Commission on ICT (CICT), is making these websites more interactive.
More than 90 percent of LGUs (or nearly 1,690) have websites as of the end of last year, according to the National Computer Center (NCC), which is under CICT.
But only 450 of these LGU websites have “some level of interactivity”, according to Tess Camba, NCC field operations director and head of the government’s eLGU project.
“The challenge now is to upgrade these websites to have e-payment features,” Camba said during last Friday’s ICT month celebration at the CICT headquarters in UP Diliman.
CICT recently launched its “e-Bayad” online payment system, designed for smaller government agencies that do not have payment mechanisms for Internet-based transactions. CICT is likewise looking to deploy this system for LGUs.
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