On its candidature, the Philippines, represented by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), commenced its campaign at the 2022 Session of the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) held at Geneva, Switzerland.
ITU is the United Nations’ (UN) specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT). Since its first election, the Philippines became a consistent member of the ITU Council for Asia and Australasia (Region E) for four terms and was met with high regard as it supported key initiatives and engagements of the administration with the Union.
In its most recent term (2019-2022), the Philippines greatly benefitted from ITU’s expert assistance in its effort on the selection of the new major player in the public telecommunications market.
Philippine Councillor to the ITU, Undersecretary Alan A. Silor, participated in the session’s proceedings and met with key officials and delegations of other member states of the ITU to further promote the country’s candidature for the advancement of the domestic, regional and global telecommunications industry.
The Philippine delegation also met with ITU Secretary General Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Union’s Deputies, as well as its Bureau Directors to discuss plans and programs to maximize the opportunities in the implementation of the country’s digital governance strategies under the Connect – Harness – Innovate – Protect (CHIP) Framework.
The ITU Council concluded on 31st of March, with key resolutions to be endorsed and discussed during the Plenipotentiary (PP) Conference on September 2022 at Bucharest, Romania, where the bid shall be decided by means of election. Public telecommunications entities (PTE) also extended their support to the campaign.