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PNP’s main goal: Integrating all frontline services to eGov super app

June 15, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 409 views

PNPBARRING any unforeseen circumstances, the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. is on its way to integrating all its frontline services to the eGov PH super app recently launched by President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos Jr. to minimize corruption and other abuses.

“Yes! That’s the goal of our SMART policing program, that all frontline services of the PNP to the public will be integrated and eventually included in the eGov PH super app,” said PNP Director for Information and Communications Technology Management, Major General Bernard M. Banac.

If plans push thru, the PNP wants to include into the eGov PH Super App their apps being maintained by the PNP Civil Security Group including License to Own and Possess Firearms and License to Exercise Security Profession and the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management-supervised National Police Clearance.

Acorda has already expressed the PNP’s full support to the Marcos administration’s ongoing information and communications technology or ICT programs aimed at fully stopping corruption and inefficiency in government services.

The top cop agreed with President Marcos that “through digitalization and the use of available apps, all transactions can be simplified and, in the end, minimize corruption and other abuses.”

He said that he also has instructed Banac to plan the integration of their existing apps with the eGov PH Super App without sacrificing security in consultation with other government agencies.

Acorda said they need to study and further strengthen the overall cybersecurity in this case although he added they also have some limitations when it comes to sharing information due to the Data Privacy Act.

The top cop earlier approved the recommendation of PNP Civil Security Group director, Brigadier Gen. Benjamin H. Silo Jr. to open their One-Stop Shop at Camp Crame even on Saturdays and Sundays to give delinquent firearm holders enough opportunity to renew their papers on weekends.

More than half a million Filipinos with expired gun licenses can now renew their License to Own and Possess Firearms and Firearm Registration papers on weekends as a result of Acorda’s decision.

The PNP chief said he fully supports the PNP-CSG and the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office’s move which will also greatly help in their efforts to account for more loose firearms in the country in time for the October 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

“By extending office hours, we can better accommodate the needs of the public and ensure that firearms applications are handled efficiently and with the utmost professionalism in compliance with the requirement of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services Act,” the top cop said.

With this, the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Brig. Gen. Paul Kenneth T. Lucas will open their Stakeholders Assistance Centers to serve those who have work and cannot avail of their help during weekdays.

The move is expected to attract more delinquent gun holders including members of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies to renew their LTOFP and Firearm Registration during weekends where they can find more available parking spaces since most PNP uniformed and non-uniformed personnel assigned in Camp Crame are observing their day-offs.

The PNP-CSG and the PNP-FEO have assured the public of their unwavering efforts to provide fast, efficient and exceptional service to the community in line with the national government’s commitment to streamline bureaucratic processes.

Last week, the PNP chief said they opened another satellite office in Laguna that will process and issue National Police Clearance required for local employment, government transactions, and other license and permits.

He said the National Police Clearance System operates on a fully digital format that has eliminated some tedious physical procedures in the old manual system.

“As with the National Police Clearance System, the PNP has also fully operationalized the automation of procedures for issuance of License to Own and Possess Firearms and firearms registration thru the Civil Security Group and further devolved to the Police Regional Offices,” Acorda said.

Acorda said the PNP joins the Philippine ICT community in promoting awareness and development of ICT not only to serve the requirements of our own agency but on a larger scale, to support the vision and desire of President Marcos to fully digitalize all transactions with government offices and private business applications by as much as 95 percent.

Two Fridays ago, President Marcos led the National Launch of the eGov PH Super App and the National Information and Communication Technology Month Kick-off Ceremony in Malacañang, saying the government must facilitate the rapid development of the country’s interconnectivity infrastructure and digitalization to boost the economy and fight corruption.

“The whole idea of e-governance is something that we need to do because we have fallen behind,” President Marcos said as he noted that 95 percent of people’s daily activities such as shopping, bank and government payments are now done online.

The PNP joined the national observance of National Information and Communication Technology Month with the symbolic kick-off ceremony in Malacañang.

Anchored on the theme “Connecting Communities, Enriching Lives, Forging a Digital Future for the Philippines”, the kick-off ceremony of the observance of National ICT Month was highlighted by the formal launching of the eGov PH Super App.

According to Acorda, the observance of National ICT Month is an opportune time for the PNP to cascade awareness among all police units and stakeholders of the significant role of ICT in the efficient delivery of government services, particularly services related to public safety, law enforcement, and internal security.

“The PNP’s 4th focused agenda on ICT Development augurs well with the desire of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. PNP for digitalized transactions in all government agencies,” Gen. Acorda said.

“As for the PNP, online transactions for license and permit requirements of civilian clientele, procurement of supplies, and processing of applications for recruitment are now in full digital format and compliant with Republic Act 11032 or the Ease Of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018,” the PNP chief added.

Banac enjoined all PNP personnel and units to register and link-up with the eGov PH Super App, a mobile application that simplifies transactions between the government and citizens.

With a vision to build a connected nation, this platform integrates the multi-sectoral government through a one-stop online system that will minimize economic costs for the citizens, said the PNP-DICTM director.

President Marcos said that through digitalization and the use of available apps, all transactions can be simplified and, in the end, minimize corruption and other abuses.

Through the Super App, Filipinos will be able to access and avail of highly desirable government services, such as valid personal identification in digital format, essential day-to-day core government services; e-tourism and e-travel services; e-payments and banking services; and, even useful news and information about various subjects, the Palace said.

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