THE PHILIPPINES: DIGITALLY-EMPOWERED – As the world moves deeper into the Digital Age, the Philippines is committed to achieve digital transformation as one of its major strategies to digitally-empower the government at all levels, and its citizens in order to realize its targets for socio-economic development, effective and transparent governance, competitive digital workforce, thriving innovation ecosystem, citizens engagement and participation, and overall growth and sustainability goals as nation.
At the forefront of this commitment is the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) – the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop and promote the national ICT development agenda. (Republic Act 10844 Series of 2016)
The Philippines calls for support to its campaign for re-election to the ITU Council for the term 2023-2026.
The PHILIPPINES is an active Member State of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since 1912 and is part of the governing council in 1959, 1982, 1989, 1994, 1998, including the last four consecutive terms since 2007.
With more than four decades of active participation in the ITU Council, the Philippine government has more to offer in digitally-empowering the world through digital innovation and inclusion and global collaboration.
With new Philippine Head of State His Excellency President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s very strong call for innovation and digital solutions as a whole-of- government approach under his leadership – the Philippine Digital Transformation Agenda is a major national priority.
This agenda is clearly aligned with the ITU’s vision of an information society, mission to facilitate and foster affordable and universal access to telecommunication and strategic goals on growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, innovation, and partnership, and the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Presidential directives is to focus on digital infrastructure buildup, e-governance, cybersecurity, and digital education serves as the strategic guide to bolster the Philippines’ digital readiness, bridge the digital gaps, and utilize the digital economy’s potential.
FROM THE SECRETARY:
“Every nation dreams of being part of an interconnected world where great value is placed on social inclusivity, accelerated economic growth, and charting a sustainable future. Global leadership and cooperation exemplified by the ITU assures a bright and hopeful future for generations to come. Let us all continue the quest for universal access to digital technology, and promote the growth of the digital economy. ”Hon. Ivan John E. Uy Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary