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SLOW TECH FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS Vino Lucero

Already behind most jurisdictions in the region, the Philippine government has been having a hard time bringing its information systems into the 21st century. Technology upgrades were never a priority for most government agencies, as most would rather spend on improving daily frontline services than invest in something that they do not see as immediately beneficial for their stakeholders. The prejudice against spending for technology might have been the same when the administration brainstormed about how to spend its PHP 353.86 billion (7.06bn USD) COVID-19 budget. Most went to cash-aid and medical services,1 while technology for good2 faded into oblivion. With hundreds of millions already going to surveillance funds3 from the annual budget, technology might be the government’s weapon of choice for maintaining control of public sentiment through silencing dissent, but not for

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