The Philippines and Spain recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the field of Information and communications technology (ICT). Representing the Philippines in the signing ceremony was DOST Information and Communications Technology Office Executive Director, Louis Casambre, while representing the State Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society of the Ministry of Industry , Energy and Tourism of the Kingdom of Spain was Ambassador Jorge Domecq.

The two countries agreed to cooperate on ICT areas such as, spectrum management, cybersecurity, capacity building, disaster risk reduction and bridging the digital divide. This will be done through the exchange of IT experts and consultants as well as exchange of best practices and experiences in ICT policy aimed to promote economic and social development.

“This MOU signing between Spain and the Philippines for improved cooperation in Information and Communications Technology is in indeed a significant landmark in the relationship of our two countries.” Usec. Casambre said.

Ambassador Domecq commented on how than other than providing humanitarian relief in time of natural disasters, Spain is keen in providing assistance in disaster prevention utilizing ICT, “We’ve have been working with the Philippines  and Local Government Units in times of natural disasters, which is good, but we would also like to use our resources to help in minimizing the harmful effects natural disasters and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Other areas of cooperation in in ICT for the two countries include, e-health and e-education, technical standards, and certifications, e-government, green ICT and Government – private sector collaboration.

About DOST-ICTO – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

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Philippines and Spain ink MOU on ICT Cooperation

Undersecretary Louis Casambre (left) of the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology shakes  hands with Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq after the signing of a memorandum of understanding on ICT cooperation. The countries agreed to cooperate in areas such as: spectrum management, cybersecurity, capacity building, disaster risk reduction and bridging the digital divide.  This will be done through the exchange of IT experts and consultants as well as exchange of best practices and experiences in ICT policy aimed to promote economic and social development.