President’s Hall, Malacañan Palace
June 2, 2023

“Government as well must be able to identify and utilize high impact innovations to improve its own governance and transform itself into an agile bureaucracy that is responsive to our people’s needs,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. underscored as he reaffirmed the Administration’s unyielding commitment towards strengthening the country’s overall information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

The President made these remarks during his attendance to the National ICT Month kick-off ceremony in Malacañan Palace, where he noted that government is maximizing all available technologies to make government transactions and services accessible and convenient to all Filipinos.

“Our government must keep up with that frantic pace and facilitate the rapid development of our interconnectivity infrastructure to allow our economy to ride the wave and open up an ocean of opportunities for prosperity,” he conveyed.

He emphasized the significance of improving the country’s e-governance system through the launching of e-Gov PH Super App developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) that offers convenience to Filipino citizens by integrating all government online services in one platform.

“This is an extremely important step in heading down that road of digitalizing our bureaucracy, our government functions. And this will extend not only to the national government. This will extend to even the local government,” the Chief Executive said, citing that local government units (LGUs) have already taken the initiative of digitalization.

President Marcos Jr. added, “this is essential to all the plans. This is going to be another building block in the foundation of our transforming the economy. This E-Governance, the whole idea of e-governance is something that we need to do.”

Spearheaded by the DICT, the National ICT Month focuses on the theme, ‘Connecting Communities, Enriching Lives, Forging a Digital Future for the Philippines.’ The month-long celebration encapsulates the government’s vision of a digitally empowered nation that strives to bridge the digital divide and bring countless opportunities for the benefit of all Filipinos through forging a sustainable, secure and inclusive digital feature.

It is also geared towards highlighting the importance of various areas of focus in promoting digital transformation in different sectors such as innovation and inclusion, governance, workforce competitiveness, as well as infrastructure and cybersecurity.

The ICT Month is pursuant to Proclamation No. 1521, series 2008 recognizing the sector’s vital contribution to nation building and economic growth.