The Philippine delegation accomplished its mission in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as the country retained its International Telecommunication Union (ITU) council member state seat during the Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (ITU-PP 2018).

Philippines garnered 161 of the 177 possible votes to secure a spot in the 13 available seats for ITU’s Region E (Asia and Australasia).

Previously voted as a member of the ITU Council 2014-2018, the Philippines will keep its seat until 2022 following a successful campaign of the country’s delegation led by DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. in this year’s ITU-PP.

“The Philippine government recognizes the vital role of ICT in nation-building and declares its policy to promote an environment for the development of infrastructures that would ensure the availability of reliable and secure internet access suitable to the needs and aspirations of our Nation,” Rio said in his policy statement to the ITU delegations on 2 November 2018.

In his address, Rio also mentioned various national ICT reforms and initiatives the DICT are currently leading, including the Free Wi-Fi Law, Ease of Doing Business Act, National Cybersecurity Plan 2022, and the implementation of the Government Infostructure Development projects.

The Plenipotentiary Conference is the highest policy-making body of the ITU. Conducted every four years, it is ITU’s key event at which Member States determine its ability to influence and affect the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) worldwide.

An active member since 1912, the Philippines shares ITU’s commitment to achieve the Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ ICT Development by serving as a member of several Council Working groups, co-organizing ITU workshops and participating in various ICT development studies.

​​​ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT) committed to connect all the people in the world.