The Philippines and Singapore agreed to exchange knowledge, technical expertise, and best practices through the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for digital cooperation between the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Ministry of Communications and Information on September 7, 2022, at the Istana in Singapore.

The two countries agreed to collaborate in areas of Digital Connectivity, Scam Calls and Short Message Services (SMS), Personal Data Protection, Emerging Technologies, Digital Government, and Cybersecurity among others.

DICT Secretary Ivan John E. Uy expressed the readiness of the Philippines to welcome foreign investors as the country gears up to become one of the premier destinations in Asia for investors. “We are ready to supply you with the necessary talented work, and digital workforce that will be able to service your investments in the country,” Uy said.

One of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’s mandates is on digitalization advancement and the integration of e-governance in government services.  The signing of the MOU comes at the most opportune time as the DICT is currently in the process of establishing common digital and data standards that need to be in place across the government.

In line with data management and e-governance, the DICT is also deploying data harmonization efforts to ensure interoperability across concerned institutions and organizations. “We consolidate data by deploying Application Programming Interface (APIs) and generating the necessary data for one government approach in terms of citizen-centric services. The government portal is currently in place and it’s still being improved further to improve government transactions,” Uy added.

In closing, the ICT chief assured that the Philippines will aggressively improve the connectivity across its 7,100 islands to cement the position of the Philippines as the next hyperscaler hub in Asia following the launch of a subsea cable of a local telco company that was able to increase their international gateway capacity from 20 terabits to 60 terabits in one of their gateways alone. “With that kind of connectivity, where else can you work? In your beach wear while enjoying piñacolada under a coconut tree. I think that’s the best environment to work in. Welcome to the Philippines!” He added.