25 August 2021 – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in partnership with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), has completed the study on the Expanded Data Analysis and Policy Research (EDAPR) of the first-ever 2019 National ICT Household Survey (NICTHS). 

The outputs of the study include a discussion paper and three (3) policy notes. The study recommended policy directions to improve ICT coverage, access, and services for social and economic development. The study also looked at policy issues on improving the ICT sector’s downstream contributions to households’ access to ICTs, household-based enterprises and micro and small enterprises. 

The study is envisioned to guide the government in reviewing existing ICT policies and strategies to address the digital divide and developments under the New Normal. Given the technology divides across various segments of society, the study can identify policy issues that need to be addressed to promote fair and equitable, technology-enabled socio-economic development. 

The Discussion Paper and policy notes are downloadable from the DICT ICT Knowledge Portal here, as well as the website of the PIDS here.

Keywords: National ICT Household Survey, Expanded Data Analysis, Policy Research, DICT, PIDS