Center for East Asia hosts IT
for local governance confab
of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jose Lina, Jr.
lauded efforts of local government officials to adopt information
technology (IT) for enhancing accountability and transparency.
He likewise promised to give his department’s full support
for local e-governance.
Lina accepted the workshop recommendations of a cross-section
of mayors and other local government officials who attended
the conference on IT and Local Governance sponsored by the
Yuchengco Center for East Asia and the Asia Foundation on
October 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Manila.
Dr. Francisco Magno, La Salle Institute of Governance director,
delivered the framework paper. The province of Bulacan and
the City of Muntinlupa presented case studies. In addition,
Professor Jae-hyung Lee and Ms. Catherine Chong shared best
practices in Korea and Singapore respectively. IBM Chairperson
Ramon Dimacali and Amellar Solutions CEO Manuel Tabunda provided
presentations from the private sector.
The discussants were Asian Development Bank Specialist Dr.
Clay Wescott, DTI Assistant Secretary Toby Monsod, Mapua Institute
of Technology President Reynaldo Vea, DILG Director Rolando
Acosta, DLSU College of Computer Studies Dean Raymund Sison
and Dr. Ramonette Serafica of the College of Business and
This conference is the second one co-sponsored by the Yuchengco
Center for East Asia and the Asia Foundation in the area of
e-governance. Yuchengco Center President Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta
said that follow-up research projects and workshops would
involve such issues as IT training programs and the financing
of e-governance in Asia.