Solon pledges to pursue pro-digitization bills through end of 18th Congress – Manila Bulletin

A trio of pro-digital transformation bills will all be on the Camarines Sur 2nd District representative’s mind. LRay Villafuerte once sessions resume in the House of Representatives after the May 9 election.

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Villafuerte said continued digitalization should preoccupy lawmakers in the remaining session weeks of the 18th Congress, especially now that one of the 10 items on the executive’s agenda for economic recovery is “to accelerate digital transformation through legislative measures”.

Bicol solon’s digitization proposals are House Bill (HB) Nos.6924 or Bangko sa Baryo law; 1248 or the E-Governance Act) and 7189 or the Out-of-Class Learning and Digital Education Act.

“We call on our colleagues in both houses of the 18th Congress to support the EO (Executive Order)166 by giving top priority to these three measures which aim to close the digital divide by transforming the way we transact and do business at the local and to provide fast and reliable services to our people,” he said.

Villafuerte, who championed the country’s digital shift even before the pandemic hit two years ago, said using technology-driven tools will provide the country with new opportunities for growth and make it inclusive, especially for millions of rural Filipinos.

Bangko sa Baryo’s proposal, in particular, aims to provide last-mile financial connectivity in unbanked communities across the country through the use of digital tools, he said.

“Congress’s swift passage of the Bangko sa Baryo bill will help President Duterte achieve his goal of financial inclusion for all Filipinos and open up new livelihood opportunities in remote communities that are unserved or underserved by the formal banking system,” he said.

Villafuerte’s e-governance measure, on the other hand, aims to develop, promote and interconnect electronic government services and processes in all government agencies and public companies.

With regard to the proposed law on learning outside the classroom and digital education, this bill recognizes the need to develop the basic education curriculum of the Philippines in order to fully integrate learning within beyond the confines of the classroom, such as distance learning and other alternative modes of education.

HB numbers 6924 and 6927 have already been approved by the House, but remain pending in the Senate; while HB No.7189 is still on the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture.

Through electronic governance, Villafuerte wants to establish a system of contactless electronic services in all government offices and public companies. It will remove official paper-based transactions and physical queues in government offices in the post-pandemic era.

Its Digital Education Bill, meanwhile, aims to make education accessible to all by ensuring flexibility in the use of learning strategies and tools available in the event of the return of face-to-face lessons. in schools.

Villafuerte’s proposal also recognizes the use of available resources other than the Internet, such as television, radio and cable television, by mandating periodic mapping of resources and development of a technology roadmap. as a key preparation for the transformation and adjustment of education for the future.

He said the Philippines needed to accelerate its digital transition, especially with the prevalence of online transactions and electronic payments, as well as the use of the internet to access information.

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