The vision of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is to create a decentralized online government platform that seamlessly connects all Filipinos. This platform, known as the eGovPH App or the e-Government Philippines Super App, simplifies transactions between the government and citizens, aiming to become a one-stop-shop for all government-related activities. By integrating various government agencies into a single app, the eGovPH App reduces economic costs for citizens.
The eGovPH App is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store. During a visit to the DICT’s eGovernment office, I had the opportunity to speak with DICT Undersecretary David Almirol. He shared that the app is still a work in progress, with the goal of eventually incorporating all essential government agencies.
Recently, I discovered several new features in the eGovPH app. The health section now includes VaxCertPH integration, allowing users to access their vaccination records directly from the app, eliminating the need to visit vaxcert.gov.ph. Additionally, there is a health center locator feature that provides a list of nearby health facilities, with options to open directions through Waze or Google Maps.
Another useful addition is the integration of Philhealth, which enables members to monitor and check their contributions within the eGovPH app.
The DICT’s office, led by Usec Almirol, is actively working on integrating more government agencies into the Super App. This means that users will soon be able to conveniently access all government IDs and relevant documents from a single app.
Regarding security concerns, Usec Almirol assured me that the Super App employs a decentralized approach, with no single government entity having access to all data. Instead, the app utilizes single sign-on (SSO) to connect users with different government agencies, allowing them to log in once and access multiple applications without re-entering credentials.
With the eGovPH Super App’s vision of providing a wide range of services, Filipinos can expect to benefit from government services, financial services, social services, transportation services, educational services, and healthcare services all in one place. This comprehensive approach will save time and money for users.
The eGovPH app offers numerous benefits to its users, including convenience, efficiency, transparency, and accountability. Users can access a variety of government services from anywhere in the world, eliminating the need for physical visits to government offices. The app streamlines the process of accessing services, tracks the status of applications in real-time, and includes a feedback system to hold government agencies accountable.
As I spoke with Usec Almirol, I became excited about the potential of the eGovPH Super App to improve access to government services, particularly for those in rural and marginalized communities who often face difficulties in reaching government offices. This app has the potential to allow them to access services from the comfort of their homes or local communities.
Overall, I am eagerly anticipating the final version of the eGovPH app. While it is still under development, the plans for integration with relevant government agencies make me optimistic about the positive impact it will have on simplifying and improving government service accessibility.