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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), in partnership with the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) and with the support of Microsoft Corporation will be bringing the LGU ICT Forum: Strengthening LGU Capacities Through ICT to Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City , Manila, and IloIlo City on September 3, September 15 and September 22 respectively.

The target participants of the forum are selected Local Government Units (LGUs) from the 1,288 LGUs who completed the streamlining of business permits processes, identified as compliant to the Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) standards and deemed one of the E-ready LGUs by the DOST-ICTO survey.

The ICT Forum generally promotes the importance and use of technology in the local government units system and operations in addressing the demand and delivering the needs of their constituents and strengthen LGUs practices on transparency and accountability. It specifically offers an avenue:

(a) To promote the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in delivering services at the local level and in making regulatory functions of local governments more efficient, effective, and transparent
(b) To listen, meet, and consult with top private sector providers and other local governments who have successfully used ICT for various aspects of their operations
(c) To apprise ICT providers and system integrators on how ICT can be integrated into government plans and directions

The ICT forum basically aims to help the LGUs to choose from the array of products that fit their needs, meet customer demands, reduce costs and address public concerns for a better performance and service delivery.

For more information and for pre-registration to the ICT Forum, you may visit http://www.lguictforum.org/