‘Digitization to end red tape’

February 7, 2022 Marlon Purification 109 views

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said on Saturday that the only way to solve corruption is to limit human discretion in government transactions which would simplify government processes through digitization and automation.

“The only way to fight corruption is to limit human discretion. Then naturally corruption will die,” Moreno told veteran TV host Korina Sanchez during the “Upuan ng Katotohanan – The 2022 Presidentiable Special” segment on her weekly program Rated K.

The Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer said his administration will be serious in its anti-corruption campaign and this can be done by adapting to existing technology that would limit human discretion in every government transaction like what he did as mayor of the City of Manila.

As part of “Smart Governance” under his Bilis Kilos 10-Point Economic Agenda, Moreno will promote the ease of doing business in all levels of government to curb corruption. In 2019, the Philippines ranked 95 out of 190 economies in the ease of doing business.

The 47-year-old presidential aspirant will also simplify government processes by digitization and automation and by reviewing, removing, or updating existing laws and prioritizing systems with evolving landscapes.

During the interview with Korina Sanchez, Moreno maintained that investing back and improving the quality of people’s lives can help save the Philippine economy which was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moreno said if people will have jobs and have the money to spend for their basic needs and even save some of it through financial institutions such as banks, things will get better in the long run.

“Let’s go back to basics muna. Tao muna. We have to invest back to the people. Kasi ‘yung velocity ng pera pag gumastos ka, ang gobyerno, ‘yung velocity ng pera iikot kaagad eh. Iikot ‘yan. ‘Yon, kaya ‘yun ng gobyerno, initially,” Moreno pointed out .

“Then you start talking to people. Ang pera nila ngayon nasa bangko. I think the private sector should participate now, again,” he said.

Just like in previous presidential forums, Moreno again vowed to pursue a “Life and Livelihood” economic policy that aims to address poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality, and social injustice through an inclusive and equitable infrastructure development program spelled out under his Bilis Kilos Economic Agenda.

He said the first two years of an Isko Moreno presidency will focus on building facilities that will provide the minimum basic needs of the people – quality housing, education, and health.

Moreno said among his priorities in his six years in Malacañang is to invest in HDI or human development index to uplift the lives of poor Filipinos especially in the rural areas in the Visayas and Mindanao where there is low HDI.

On the question of what kind of Philippines he envisions after his six-year term ends in 2028, Moreno said it’s for the country to rise up from the economic woes. “At the very least sana makabangon tayo. Makabangon man lang,” he said.

During the interview, Moreno also reiterated his readiness to become the next chief executive of the country given his 23 years of experience in government service.

What Moreno accomplished in the first two years as local chief executive in the country’s capital, the presidential bet intends to replicate in the entire country.

In the more than two decades he was in public service, Moreno said there were also those who accused him of wrongdoing but the cases filed against him didn’t prosper. “I have always been accused of something. Salamat sa mga taga-Maynila, pinanindigan nila ako,” he said.

Moreno said in a pandemic situation which the country is currently dealing with, it’s important for a leader to set a goal. “In a pandemic situation like this, there is no playbook, no? I don’t want to point fingers on all the things… or the situation right now kasi hindi naman lahat kasalanan nila. May mga kasalanan din naman ang ilan, lahat tayo may obligasyon. We have to set our goal,” he said.