The Bureau of Customs and Department of Information and Communications Technology are strengthening their collaboration and work to develop an integrated ICT system
The partnership, formalized in a memorandum of understanding signed on June 15
The MOU aims to promote integration, interoperability, and interconnection of their systems and applications
DICT will assess existing BOC applications and systems and recommend changes and strategies to improve the bureau’s ICT system, develop new applications and ensure smooth integration
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have agreed to foster an integrated information and communication technology (ICT) system.
The two agencies signed on June 15 a memorandum of understanding that aims to promote integration, interoperability, and interconnection of their systems and applications, BOC said in a statement.
Under the MOU, DICT, as the primary entity for ICT development in the government, will assess BOC’s applications and systems. DICT will also recommend strategies for improving the bureau’s ICT system, develop additional applications if needed, and ensure smooth integration.
BOC, for its part, will be the digital transformation partner of DICT, providing guidance and support for interoperability. Both agencies will share relevant information and data to facilitate the MOU goals.
Both agencies also commit to comply with existing laws and regulations, including those concerning procurement, budget, and accounting processes. Necessary security measures will get priority to safeguard program implementation.
Digitalizing customs processes is one of the top priorities of BOC under Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio.
BOC said the signing of the MOU marks a milestone in the ongoing digital transformation journey of the Philippine government.
It added that the partnership signifies a “shared vision of establishing a Digital Philippines. By fostering collaboration and leveraging technology, both agencies aim to enhance customs administration, streamline processes, and deliver exceptional services to stakeholders and the general public.”
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