The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a better synchronized and coordinated information and communication system (ICT) in economic zones last 18 May 2023,
According to the MOU, DICT will be responsible for reviewing and assisting in developing PEZA applications and systems and advising measures to improve the agency’s ICT system.
As DICT’s digital transformation partner, PEZA will ensure that respective systems and apps are compatible by providing DICT with process assistance and relevant information and data.
“By adopting e-governance and advancing the development of various solutions, together, we can eliminate bureaucratic inefficiencies, reduce red tape, and provide faster and more convenient access to critical government services,” DICT Secretary Uy said in a statement.
PEZA Director General Panga, on the other hand, indicated that PEZA just launched its electronic payment system and will publish its electronic Letter of Authority (e-LOA) in June of this year to streamline its process and facilitate shipments in the ecozones. He stated, “PEZA has recently rolled out its e-payment system and is set to launch its e-LOA in June to automate the remaining office processes further to enhance the facilitation of ecozone shipments. With this, PEZA will be among the trailblazers in government leading into cashless and paperless transactions.”
In addition, PEZA is planning to implement a number of high-impact IT infrastructure and automation projects this year, including hybrid internet connectivity in the ecozones, an e-container tracking system with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), electronic visas and building permits, an e-financial management system, the Engineering Permits Assessment Monitoring System (EPAMS), a digital marketplace, full integration of the public ecozone command centers, and cyber security solutions. AGPM