CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION – In line with the vision of the City of San Fernando, La Union (CSFLU) to become the premier capital city of Ilocandia by 2020, the City Government of San Fernando spearheaded by the Information Technology Section headed by Germie Deang, information technology officer will capitalize on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to facilitate the execution of the city’s strategy with the presence of iSanFernando.iSanFernando was designed to address interconnectivity to all city databases adapting the clustering approach.
An estimated budget of PhP 10M until 2016 has been allocated by the city as the office tries to increase the re-engineered integrated internal manual process from 0 to 3 by December 2013.
The strategy will improve and enhance the systems, processes and procedures for an effective and more meaningful governance system.
At present, 5 IT experts together with 4 to 5 on-the-job trainees in partnership with the academe, spending 2 hours daily for systems analysis and designs and completing 2% of the integrated system components of the Integrated Systems Strategic Plan (ISSP) weekly has already accomplished 75% of the target for 2013.
Information Systems (IS) such as the Finance Management IS, Personnel Management IS, Barangay IS version 2 and the Procurement Monitoring and Inventory Management IS started its development in 2012 along with the other IS such as Integrated Strategy Management System (ISMS), Treasury Operations Information and Management System yet to be analyzed, designed and developed on the following months.
There are 16 active IS, plus 6 systems established and enhanced by in-house development.
“The only challenge is the space to accommodate the permanent housing of ICT facilities particularly the server room,” says Deang “but the city has addressed the matter and we are to be transferred next month,” she added.
All IS established has undergone research and feasibility studies, systems analysis design, systems development, run-testing and deployment, systems revision and monitoring and evaluation.
With the presence of the ICT Council which aims to promote foreign and local investments in the ICT development partnering with the city government to assist in attracting investors to venture into an IT-BPO industry and the academe sector in human resource development, escalation of ICT in the city will be felt by external stakeholders.
The ICT of the City of San Fernando was recognized as a National Finalist for the Jesse Robredo E-Gov awards, Top 3 in Luzon and Top 1 in the entire Ilocos Region in 2012 and hopefully will top again this year. Anne Hazel F. Flores-City Media Bureau