Daily Tribune | Online scheme vs crime starts




By: Kathryn Jose | July 16, 2023


The Department of Information and Communications Technology or DICT will launch on Monday E-LGU to digitalize various processes of local government units, and E-Report, an online police reporting system to help authorities respond to crimes quickly.


Mon Gutierrez, DICT chief of staff for E-Governance, said Thursday that the E-LGU will benefit 1,700 local government units or LGUs. He said more details on the plan will be announced today.


In E-Report, Gutierrez said the system will operate on a real-time basis and will be linked to all other data systems of the appropriate police divisions and high-ranking officers. He added that DICT had yet to improve certain parts of the system but the fundamental ones were ready for use.


On-time crime reports

“The police officers can access developments on an ongoing crime. If a person happens to be a witness to an ongoing crime, he or she would just need to access his or her mobile phone and that would alarm the national police,” Gutierrez said.


“The report would be immediately seen by pre-selected supervisors among our police,” he explained in a forum organized by the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.


Gutierrez said 37 government agencies have signed memorandums of understanding with DICT to receive technical support on building and using digital technologies.


“We sat down and asked them what they wanted to happen as far as their information and communications technology was concerned. We don’t spend money on them because they have their budget. But we will be the advisory agency,” he said.