The Philippines is eyeing a seat in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) set to take place in Bucharest, Romania from September 26 – October 14, 2022.

The event gathers ITU’s 193 Member States to convene and decide the organization’s four-year strategy, budget, and leadership.

On September 14, 2022 Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John E. Uy and DICT Undersecretary Jocelle E. Batapa-Sigue met with Secretary-General Houlin Zhao of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland to share the Philippines’ digital transformation agenda.

Sec. Uy also expressed his gratitude towards Mr. Zhao for all the support given to the Philippines since he was elected as the Secretary-General in 2014.

Further, ICT Chief Uy and Usec. Batapa-Sigue paid a courtesy visit to Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, wherein a discussion with ITU officials and representatives from other countries about e-government and digital education took place.

In his speech, Sec. Uy lauded the Filipino’s resilience and nurturing spirit that cares for its citizens. “Through our partnerships and presence in the ITU Council, the Philippines will be able to share and serve other countries especially the developing ones amidst the same challenges that we are facing,” He added.

The Philippines is an incumbent member of the ITU Council, having served four consecutive terms since 2007. The Philippine ITU delegation will campaign for the re-election of the country for a seat in the ITU Council.

The re-election in the ITU Council will enable the PH government to continue offering digital empowerment to the world through digital advancement and global collaboration.

With the Philippine Digital Transformation Agenda focusing on digital infrastructure buildup, e-governance, cybersecurity, and digital education as the main platform of the country’s re-election campaign under the leadership of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, it clearly aligns with the ITU’s vision of an information society and their 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.

“To be elected in the ITU Council means finding collaborative ways for the Philippines and other nations to realize the common goal of creating an interconnected world where great value is placed on growth, inclusivity, innovation, and sustainability. ” Sec. Uy said.

Should the country succeed in securing an ITU Council seat, the Philippines will bring to the table its experiences, best practices, and methodologies across the areas of digital infrastructure, digital education, e-governance, and cybersecurity.

The Philippines has been an active Member State of the ITU since 1912 and has been part of the governing council in 1959, 1982, 1989, 1994, and 1998.