Building GovTech PH isn't an easy task. You have to be able to combine these two unlikely sectors together. Two sectors that don’t necessarily like each other because of their differences in how they approach things.
The other one is too bureaucratic and the other one likes to do things fast, the government is filled with people who bring in people they know, while tech brings in talent from all over, the government likes to create ecosystems, while tech companies like to disrupt systems. All these and more are the reasons why you don't see these two working well together, especially in a country like the Philippines that doesn’t really prioritize science and technology nor give it enough budget. It's normal for tech companies to get clients in the private sector because they know that they are more appreciated there.
Govtech companies on the other hand are a different set of tech companies. They are the tech groups who are willing to go through the slow lane just to enable change in their country. They are willing to mingle, adjust, teach, to get in line so they can bring advancement to our current processes. These people are rare, and these people are gems because they use their intelligence for their country and for the public. In a country that has the so-called brain drain, they choose to stay and they choose to improve their home.
GovTech is a niche field in the Philippines that should be given more importance and attention. In May 2022, Limitless Lab, a global social innovation company created GovTech PH, a community filled with changemakers and entrepreneurs that aims to spark innovation in the public sector through emerging technologies. GovTech PH aims to bring awareness to our public officials about the various tech tools and solutions they can use for a better, stronger and faster service delivery to our citizens.
Since our launch, we have been bringing govtech companies from all over. We have a govtech company bringing AI to the fishing sector because they want to document aquatic resources so that endangered species will be preserved. Another govtech company that monitors the public transportation system so the commuters will know exactly when and where buses will arrive. We even have a govtech ngo that delivers vaccines and health supplies to far-flung communities using drones because they know health care workers will take days just to reach them and many more.
These govtech companies are the ones that will bring the future of e-governance. Because if our public systems are efficient, sectors like education, health, finance, security, and others will be too, and who knows we might just enter a whole new era in the philippine public sector.
Join us and be an advocate of GovTech in the Philippines. Let’s witness how government and technology can meet.
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