pds_diagThe PDS Vision:

“A digitally empowered, innovative, globally competitive and prosperous society where everyone has reliable, affordable and secure information access in the Philippines. A government that practices accountability and excellence to provide responsive online citizen-centered services. A thriving knowledge economy through public-private partnership.”

The PDS Strategies:

The PDS sets the development of e-Government as a priority, facilitating greater efficiencies and effectiveness in the delivery of basic social services and minimizing opportunities for corruption. It calls for implementation of systems which will support the government’s fight against poverty and ensure integration and interoperability of ICT infrastructure and programs across government agencies. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the capability of government structures and institutions as well as upgrading the ICT skills of the entire bureaucracy. The goal is also to enable citizens and businesses to transact with government electronically; the e-Government Fund will be made accessible to encourage the development of citizen-centric applications. Another key element of this thrust is to make government more transparent, interactive and sharing more government data online. This is geared towards facilitating greater citizen engagement in the governance equation (e-Governance) and a two-way dialogue between government and citizens.

The PDS identifies all people having access to the Internet and its opportunities as one of its major thrusts. It will focus on creating an enabling environment: with incentives and a broadband policy that will accelerate the expansion and service provision of broadband by the private sector, reaching previously unserved areas and customers. The PDS also takes care of digital inclusion, capacity building, content and applications development, as well as data security and privacy, and the protection of children.

The PDS focuses on supporting continued growth of the IT/BPO industry and extending the benefits outside Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, so as to fast-track national development and provide opportunities for investment and jobs to other regions in the country. It also provides a mechanism to enable micro, small and medium size enterprises (mSMEs) by developing their capacity to use the Internet as a market expansion tool. Through Public-Private Partnerships, investments in Research and Development and business incubation facilities will be encouraged. It will also focus on enabling other industry sectors in the effective use of ICT for efficiency, innovation and competitiveness.

The strategic thrust on “Investing in People” addresses not only the needs of our formal sectors, but also of our marginalized communities. Innovative approaches must be taken to ensure the digital inclusion of all sectors of the population. Programs will be put in place to support the unique requirements of differently-abled people, indigenous peoples and island communities in the development of content and the method of delivering ICT training. Broadband Internet access and integration of ICT in curriculum across all levels of our education system will be a priority to ensure that the shortfall of a skilled workforce will be addressed, thereby ensuring that our global leadership, particularly in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)/Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) / Creative Process Outsourcing (CPO) sectors, will be sustained.

The PDS highlights the need for policy and regulatory reforms and identifies new as well as amendments to existing legislation to spur the growth of the industry.

The PDS broadens our horizon to support progress and innovation, paving the way for the introduction of new concepts such as cloud computing, which will allow more effective and affordable development and deployment of ICT not only in micro, small and medium enterprises but also in local governments. The PDS will also encourage the use of more modern alternative media such as social networks in the distribution of information and the empowerment of citizens.

All the above strategies revolve around the role of the private sector, be it business, academe or civil society, as partners with government in developing the country in all the elements of ICT. Consistent with this government’s thrust, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are an essential ingredient in the PDS to implement programs in e-Governance, broadband deployment, and ICT training.

Download a copy of the PDS here.