Philippines to do a soft launch of its government services portal

[Updated] The National Government Portal allows the public to access and apply for services using a single website.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Dec. 6, 2016

[Story updated on 6 December 2016 at 1:47 PM to put the exact date of the launch].  

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to do a soft launch of the National Government Portal (NGP) next Wednesday (14 December 2016).

The date was confirmed by the Office of the Undersecretary for Developmental and Innovations of DICT. 

"What is the national government portal, for citizens, it's a one-stop shop for online government services. It's a single website where all government information and services can be accessed and with that we can also provide dashboards," said Dennis Villorente, Undersecretary for Developmental and Innovations of the department, during the first DICT Summit on 8 November 2016.

In line, some government services that will be initially included in the launch are: online tax filing, online application for foreign employment, online registration for professionals, online registration for imports and exports, online medical claims, online registration of birth/death/marriage, online driver's license application, online business registration, online request for residence certificate, online passport application, and online application for business permits.

"The use of ICT in government will help government get its stop together and deliver public services faster and more efficiently," added Villorente.