U.N. REPORT:  RP GOVERNMENT PORTAL AT PAR WITH BEST IN THE WORLD

MANILA, January 14, 2006 (STAR) The Philippines has been cited by the United Nations as one of the top countries in South and Eastern Asia in terms of e-government readiness.

Ranking fourth in the region, the Philippine government website, http://www.gov.ph, was cited by the UN's 2005 Global e-Government Readiness Report as "at par with the best in the world."

The website's "dedicated e-services section," said the UN report, "illustrates that one can simply but effectively integrate information across departments and provides a single space for the users to find them."

The report also noted the website's multi-topic discussion forum, as well as its recent feature enabling citizens to comment directly on news items posted on the site.

Impressed with the website's accessibility to the public through the use of wireless alternatives -- the short message service (SMS), wireless application protocol (WAP), as well as through a pocket PC section -- the report went on to commend its "Issuances for Comments" section which further encourages the public "to partake in the policy-making process by providing feedback."

The Philippines ranks high in the promotion of e-services, notably its Revenue Integrity Protection Service site, http://www.rips.gov.ph, which provides instructions and access for the filing of corruption complaints online, by phone or through SMS.

"The Philippines [has] developed a solid presence across all stages of e-government. In general, therefore, it has covered most of the basic functions and features while simultaneously developing transactional facilities and venturing into the networked presence stage though it still lacks a formal online consultations mechanism," according to the report.

It suggested that the Philippines fortify sites at the ministerial level to match the quality of the national website, which recently underwent redesign and reconstruction, with the aim of further improving service to the public.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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