PALAWAN – Philippines earned praise from neighbour countries’ representatives for its innovative and inclusive ICT programs in the recently-concluded 7th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) ICT Cluster Meeting on 26 June 2019 in Puerto Princesa City.
The Philippine delegation, headed by DICT Assistant Secretary Alan Silor, presented the country’s promising progress on both iROP (ICT Rural Outreach Programs) and promoting e-commerce in the countryside.
No less than the BIMP-EAGA Chairperson and Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Media Undersecretary Maro Verabathran commended the programs such as the Tech4Ed and Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places (Pipol Konek) projects and even urged other member countries to learn from these initiatives.
In the Philippines’ report, there are already over 3000 Tech4ED Centers established across the country, covering 100% of provinces, and around 1000 are located in Palawan and Mindanao. Furthermore, Pipol Konek has reached 2,400 live sites available nationwide, of which 363 are within Palawan and Mindanao.
Additionally, the Philippines presented that over 100 government agencies in Mindanao are interconnected through the Government Network project based on the e-Government Masterplan 2022 seeking to digitize and streamline processes in the government.
“We intend to make industry development inclusive, especially in the countryside, creating more jobs, making communities more resilient and putting in greater trust in society,” Asec. Silor said.
During the meeting, the Philippines also showcased its project proposal entitled Cross Border Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) System Integration. The said project will be endorsed to the Environment Cluster of BIMP-EAGA.
In closing, DICT Acting Secretary, Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. commended the BIMP-EAGA body for its cooperative spirit.
“The Philippines extends its admiration to our friends from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia, for trailblazing technology innovations, especially in broadband ecosystem development, advancing the state of telecommunications, and disaster management practices,” Rio said.
The 7th BIMP-EAGA ICT Cluster Meeting is a gathering of four nations: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. The meeting discussed and promoted strategies and projects that enhances economic development within the EAGA region using ICT.