The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) catered the launching event of Regional GovNet Tuguegarao City and GovCloud and it was held at Hotel Carmelita Tuguegarao City last August 9, 2017. The said event was participated by Engr. Nelson C. Daquioag,OIC-RD, and Engr. Mart Renier R. Bagullo, Engineer I.
To effectively implement the tasks laid out in the E-Government Master Plan, a fast and efficient network is needed to interconnect government offices for coordinated and simplified public service.
We want a networked government that operates as a whole unit while at the same time addressing individual and independent concerns of the people it serves.
With GovNet, the delivery of services is expected to become faster and more efficient as government agencies become interconnected, their functions integrated, and their operations interoperable.
Major agencies in Manila and Cebu are now connected to a common wide area network. With regional government networks also being developed, a national broadband network is not far behind.
GovNet is part of a bigger network, the Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (PREGINet), which is a pioneer in research and development network in the country and has been in existence since 2000.
GovNet was established to interconnect government agencies in the country to enable faster communication, better coordination, easier access to online services, and simplified processes. This is done through the aggregation of common government ICT resources and sharing of common services. Agencies connected to the GovNet through a redundant fiber optic backbone are able to reap the benefits of an effective ICT infrastructure, such as more efficient internet services.
The main benefit of GovNet to government agencies is lower costs of internet services and faster data transfers for government-to-government communications.
The Government Cloud (GovCloud) is central to the objective of setting up systems and services that would enable efficient operations. As governments streamline ICT resources to cut back on hardware and operations cost and improve overall operational efficiency, most have started to adopt virtualization and cloud technology solutions. In the Philippines, a World Bank study on Interoperability Readiness and Demand Assessment of government agencies reveal that most agencies are good candidates for virtualization and cloud computing and should take advantage of ICT resource consolidation and cloud technology.
The current Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) was set up in 2013, as part of the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Program jointly implemented by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI). The setup was small-scale since it was developed initially to support iGovPhil-developed applications and other services including the Government Mail (GovMail). However, as more agencies came to know about GovCloud, the Cloud IaaS was later offered to other government agencies in need of cloud computing.
The servers, storage devices, networking equipment, and software found in the cloud help improve government processes and delivery of services to the people. The government also saves money this way because services are shared by agencies; i.e., one agency can take advantage of the same resources needed by another agency. Costs are managed because hardware acquisition and maintenance are reduced. Cloud services can also be provisioned and reallocated on demand depending on the budget, resource requirements or time of the year.
To make all these happen, everything – computer, storage, and networking – is “virtualized”. The virtualization – or the creation of virtual (rather than the actual) version – of all of these resources makes it possible for the government to simplify the process and deliver its services in a fast and efficient manner.
The GovCloud currently offers GovMail, PhPay, NARMIS, PMGov, Agency Service Registry and Web Hosting Service to government agencies. The following applications and common services will also be hosted on the Cloud in the near future:
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