The Digital Governance Awards (DGA) is an annual search for best practices among local government units in utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services to its constituents, business stakeholders, and other government units. DGA started in 2012 as eGov Awards, was known as the Digital Cities PH Awards by 2017, and became DGA by 2019.
With the DGA strategy, the IIDB, DILG, and NICP envisions the proliferation of revolutionary ICT-based initiatives in the country that will support clearer, wider, and faster access to and delivery of information and services in our local government.
HOW IT STARTED
The National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP) launched in synergy the eGOV Awards for LGUs in 2012.
The signing of the eGOV Awards MOA was held in Naga City in 2012 with the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, former NICP President and current ICT Industry Development Undersecreatry Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP) President George Sorio as signatories.
The first eGOV Awards in 2012 was named in honor to the late Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) who helped initiate the first DILG-NICP eGov partnerships and for his exemplary work as a local public servant in integrating ICT as part of good governance strategies.
The LGU eGOV Awards share the vision of establishing indices for local government units across the country in harnessing the potentials of ICT towards raising the bar in delivering public service. By drawing attention to the best practices in integrating ICT capabilities and solutions, the different sectors of society, and local government units are enabled in their roles as catalysts of change.
To encourage and promote integration of ICTs in the LGU ecosystem
To promote citizens’ participation in and engagement with government
To improve the business environment in the local level
To recognize LGU best practices in digital government systems