By Adrian Parungao, January 24, 2024; Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 921 — or 60 percent — of 1,634 cities and municipalities nationwide are now using online electronic systems to process applications of business-related documents, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos said on Wednesday.

“Like what President [Ferdinand] Marcos [Jr.} had said, digital transformation is key for the country’s full economic recovery. This is a key that will develop the economy and speed up [government] processes, especially getting business permits and licenses,” Abalos said partly in Filipino.

He added that 799 out of the 921 local governments units (LGUs) use the Electronic Local Government Unit (eLGU), while the 122 others have their own local systems.

According to him, the government is planning to implement the eLGU system in 240 other LGUs in 2024.

Meanwhile, Information and Communications Undersecretary David Almirol Jr. said: “This is exciting news for everyone. We can now avail of LGU services even from home.”