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City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno received the award for Cagayan de Oro as it topped the E-Readiness Survey conducted by the Department of Science and Technology.

The awarding was done during the Innovation and Connectivity through Technology Forum held at Inter Continental Hotel in Makati on June 18, 2014. The forum was attended by various local government units (LGUs) and was organized by the Department of Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationalle Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Canadian Government.

The city government of Cagayan de Oro took the lead in the e-Readiness Survey Award as nine other LGUs were also recognized – cities of Valenzuela, Batangas, Makati, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, San Fernando. The award was based on the results of the BPLS Survey AND E-Readiness Survey for Cities and Municipalities, 2014. Survey included human resource, hardware and software capacities, and compliance on business processing and licensing system (BPLS) standards. Cagayan de Oro’s current automation in its business process and licenecing system (BPLS) was developed in-house, at the low cost, and through the years has been shared with more than hundred LGUs. This year, with a grant from DOST and support from USAID on its computerization, further enhancement and innovation have been introduced including the development of billing and payment kiosks.

The city’s distinction for E-Readiness was further confirmed by no less than USAID Mission Director, Ms. Gloria D. Steele, in her message at the forum when she said” we were impressed at what we saw a few weeks ago when we visited Cagayan de Oro together with Acting Deputy Director for Asia, Denise Rollins, and the result of a streamlined bpls showing almost a 40% increase in revenue for the first quarter this year compared to the same period last year”.

During the one day ICT Forum, Mayor Moreno also gave a 5-minute presentation of Cagayan de Oro’s “Hassle Free Payments” featuring the tax payer friendly, time saving billing and queuing kiosks located at the finance office of city hall.

text and photo by CDO Info Network

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