Philippines: Delegates at the FutureGov Forum Philippines supported plans to build a dedicated data centre for government agencies.
A data centre would slash government spend on communications – PHP 8 billion (US$182 million) – by a half, said George Kintanar, President, Chief Information Officers Forum Inc., a non-for-profit organisation of GCIOs. The idea would be to phase in shared services slowly but surely, starting with GIS as a service, he said.
On the other hand, Denis Villorente, Director, Advance Science & Technology Institute, Department of Science & Technology, Philippines, observed that while some larger agencies operate their own data centres, smaller agencies don’t have that luxury and would benefit from a consolidated data hub.
“A lot of data is going out of the Philippines because we don’t have a good local peering environment,” he added. “We’re stuck at the stage where we can provide web pages and forms online, but very few transactional services.”
Following a model similar to Singapore’s One Map project, which provides an online base map for all government agencies, the Philippines ‘One Nation One Map’ (www.onenationmap.gov.ph) would be used by 23 agencies already committed to the project.