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Senator Franklin M. Drilon (left) leads the flag raising ceremony at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite during the 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration on Wednesday (June 12, 2013). The first declaration of Philippine Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, some 30 kilometers south of Manila. This year’s celebration is themed "Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran." Also in photo from right Cavite Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla Jr.; Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon P. Ejercito; Department of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya and other government officials.(MNS photo)

Senator Franklin M. Drilon (left) leads the flag raising ceremony at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite during the 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration on Wednesday (June 12, 2013). The first declaration of Philippine Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, some 30 kilometers south of Manila. This year’s celebration is themed “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran.” Also in photo from right Cavite Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla Jr.; Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon P. Ejercito; Department of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya and other government officials.(MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday launched key information and communication technology (ICT) applications and services, to kick off ICT Month.

Among the apps and services introduced are the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), government-wide email system (GovMail), government cloud (GovCloud), Agency Records Inventory System (AgRIS), and Government Website Template.

“These applications and systems all contribute to more efficient government operations that redound to the benefit of the citizens through faster delivery of goods and services,” said Denis F. Villorente, iGovPhil project director.

Villorente said the PKI will provide added security to government online transactions and communications with the use of dual keys for sealing and opening documents online and the use of digital certificates for authentication and verification. The technology can also be used in transactions with the public like delivery of services and online payment.

As for GovMail, the government will now have a uniform email and online identity. “The email, including data and other records, will be stored in a remote and secure facility,” he said, referring to GovCloud.

GovCloud is owned and operated by the government and data is hosted at a government data center.

Also to give the government a unique corporate identity, the Government Website Template was created. Government agencies are urged to adopt the template to give their websites a common “look and feel.”

“With one look, the user will be able to say that this is a Philippine government website. The agencies, of course, still control content on their sites. They will have features that show their line of service, like content and presentation,” Villorente said.

AgRIS is an inventory of files, documents and records kept by each government agency. Its role is to keep track and provide a list of all these records and store them in a government data center in preparation for the eventual implementation of the National Archives and Records Management (NARM) program.

The government is holding festivities for ICT Month through June 14 at the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) at C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.(MNS)

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