February 28, 2024

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The Philippines Pushes Digitalisation for Social Welfare

Rex Gatchalian, the current chief Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), has identified comprehensive digitalisation of the agency’s systems, procedures, programmes, and services as one of his top goals for further improving DSWD operations.

He also stated that he intends to clean up the beneficiaries’ database to guarantee that only deserving and eligible families and people are served. Other plans that the DSWD secretary hopes to seek are establishing logistics networks and additional storage areas for relief goods and family food packs in strategic locations around the country that are closer to the people to provide prompt and timely assistance to families influenced by disasters and calamities.

Gatchalian made this remark during his first day in the office meeting with DSWD undersecretaries and other officials after being briefed on the agency’s activities, programmes, and services. According to Gatchalian, this follows President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s command.

His first order of business was to eliminate formalities and fasten the procedure process to serve better public service. Gatchalian also revealed that the structure would be maintained, highlighting his willingness to work with the department’s current employees. The new Secretary has the full backing of the entire DSWD employees.

Meanwhile, briefing sessions on the functions and essential outcomes of the department’s many offices, bureaus, services, units (OBSUs) and field offices will continue in the coming days. Gatchalian will also visit the OBSUs, speak with workers, and become acquainted with the DSWD facilities. He will also will discussed this with the Department’s Regional Directors next week.

The Philippines has increased its digitalisation efforts in every industry. Last month, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) began granting individual electronic land titles (e-titles) to 1,839 ARBs in the Eastern Visayas area.

DAR indicated that as part of the Support to Parcelisation of Lands for Individual Titling, 2,591 electronic titles (e-titles) totalling 3,922 hectares of agricultural land would be issued on January 26. (SPLIT Project). The first round of individual titles created by the SPLIT Project will be distributed in the auditorium of Visayas State University-Tolosa Campus.

The SPLIT initiative aims to entirely execute the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programme by granting farmer-beneficiaries explicit and defined ownership of the areas of land on which they work. The goal of e-titling is to encourage farmers to cultivate crops and create long-term progress on their ground. The grant to ARBs was also designed to stabilise requests, tenure ship, regulate lands, and produce short-term economic prospects for project workers.

The new Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) administration authorised the introduction of a single ticketing system for mayors across Metro Manila to increase traffic compliance rates. Our drivers would benefit from a unified ticketing system and the option to pay their fines electronically. The driver’s licence will not be revoked during an arrest.

Its approval and adoption will also address varied apprehension methods; penalty payment; licence and plate renewal; and the uncoordinated application of traffic regulations, which results in uncertainties for the driving public, loss of money, and productive hours.

Furthermore, the Market One-Stop Shop portal (MOSS) provided a new digital system to apply for and reserve booths and spaces online for market vendors in Quezon City, Philippines. According to City Administrator Michael Alimurung, the platform would identify “legitimate” vendor premises that are free of barriers. It is also part of Mayor Joy Belmonte’s goal of making Quezon City a desirable commercial destination.

With the new system, the city government promises a simple application procedure for renting a stall, including payment, and collecting market rentals. It will also make life easier for the city treasurer’s office, as they will no longer have to collect rent in person.

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