BOGO CITY, Cebu, November 22, 2017 – The City of Bogo ranked 2nd in the Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) Category of the 6th Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance of Local Government Units or eGov Awards for LGU.

eGov Awards for LGU is an annual search for the best practices in local government units in utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and to its business stakeholders.

Bogo City’s entry was the City Treasurer’s ‘Integrated Queuing and Business Permit and Licensing System for LGU’s (IQ-BPLS), IQ-BPLS streamlines business permit issuances and processes to increase Government Service Efficiency particularly in its front-line services. This results in smoother and faster transactions for taxpayers.

IQ-BPLS began in the term of former Mayor Junie Martinez and was continued by incumbent Mayor Carlo Martinez.

A former Deputy Commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission, the younger Martinez has included the strengthening of ICT initiatives as part of his 10-point agenda.

“A few people also deserve special mention and thanks, City Treasurer’s July Ursonal and Samson Lepiten, for continuously calibrating the CTO’s processes to stay relevant to the current technological needs. Vice Mayor Mayel Martinez and Councilor Digoy Mayol, the Chairman of ICT Committee. The Bogo ICT Council for closely working with the local government, keeping us abreast of new tech trends and how we can leverage them in terms of employment generation. This award will set the stage for Bogo as a new leader in innovation outside Metro Cebu for digital governance and business empowerment“, Mayor Martinez said.

 “I wish to emphasize the need for LGU’s in the countryside to develop mechanisms and strategies to thrive amidst digital disruptions for efficient delivery of public service. The constituents that LGUs serve are getting younger and they have an entirely different standard now in terms of how we can serve them. So we need to be flexible to stay relevant. It’s Pivot or Perish approach.” Rodger Toñcao, Bogo City IT officer, said.

Last 2014, the Bogo City Treasurer’s Office topped the business satisfaction index in the whole Philippines, a survey conducted by the National Competitive Council for emerging cities and municipalities.

The eGov Awards for LGU is organized by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NCIP) in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) .