Ambassadors, delegates and representatives from embassies, international partners, and industry stakeholders gathered at a diplomatic reception hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), last 20 September 2022. Held in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the gathering discussed ICT priority agendas as well as the Philippine bid for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) council seat for the term 2023-2026.

ICT Chief Ivan John Uy delivered a virtual message and encouraged partners to provide their continued support to the country’s initiatives to promote the national digital agenda for the next six (6) years.

“The Philippines has elevated the status of the ITU as a key partner in telecommunications development. We are a model country that can share our experiences with fellow developing ITU Member States in years to come if re-elected to the ITU Council,” Uy asserted.

“Our countries today face a growing number of complex challenges which each one of us cannot solve on our own. Collaboration is no longer just a buzzword, but an imperative. No longer should it be just an aspiration but a global movement – a framework where we can all grow together as nations,” he added.

DICT Undersecretary Jocelle Batapa-Sigue led the welcoming of the diplomatic guests:

“The new DICT team wishes to be part of the global mission of the ITU to connect the world. We share the vision of the ITU to connect virtually every facet of modern life — from business, culture, entertainment, work and the home — through information and communication technologies,” she stated.

Răduţa Dana Matache, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the Philippines, also delivered her message of support as the host country of the ITU election from September 26, 2022 to October 14, 2022. Other officials from the DICT, National Privacy Commission, and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center also graced the event.