The National Broadband Plan (NBP) provides the blueprint for a broadband infrastructure in the Philippines. It aims to lay the backbone of connectivity network across the country through the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies, thereby, improving the Internet speed and affordability. The NBP aims to ensure that all Filipinos have access to broadband capability through government investment in broadband infostructure, policy reforms and stimulation of market demand.
The NBP has three (3) identified strategies to achieve universal, faster and affordable internet access:
- Institute Policy and Regulatory Reforms – targets the intervention in development of key issuances to support policy and regulatory amendments/reforms in the sector of telecommunications and ICT. The areas of focus are Administrative Reforms and Competition and Market Entry;
- Government Investment in Broadband Infostructure – implementation of the national broadband infostructure that will complement the existing infostructure of telcos to ensure universal access to broadband; and
- Support on the Stimulation of Broadband Demand – to sustain the momentum of “push” measures (i.e., development of broadband infostructure), the government will establish necessary “pull” measures to stimulate demand and eventually, increase broadband take-up rate. The programs or interventions will focus on the local content development and promotion, conduct of capacity building and information outreach programs, and introduction of incentives to broadband users.
Its infrastructure strategy is divided into five components.
- Component 1 is the national fiber backbone that connects the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
- Component 2 is the system of cable landing stations connected via the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure. This serves as the NBP’s gateway to international connectivity and may also be used to land more capacity into the network.
- Component 3 is on tower buildup to cater the country’s geographically isolated sites and identified missionary areas. This will cover the middle mile and last mile segments of the network.
- Component 4 of the NBP shall expand DICT’s fiber optic to interconnect government agencies to provide fast, secure, and efficient fiber connectivity and improve provision of public services to people.
- Component 5 involves the use of Satellite Overlay. This component enables immediate broadband service to isolated locations where deployment of fiber network facilities can be challenging.
The National Government Data Center (NGDC) aims to plan, design, develop, implement, and integrate a secure data infrastructure that would ensure the delivery of speedy and efficient government services to the people. It can reduce government spending by providing resources to government agencies either through its colocation services or its cloud services.
At present, the NGDC has 4 Active Data Center Facilities utilizing 160 rack space.
It provides colocation to 26 government agencies including the Philippine Statistics Authority for the PhilSys Program.
GovCloud, on the other hand, provides hosting services to 94 government agencies including the Department of Health for the Vaccine Information Management System.
Digital Transformation Centers are venues where digital skills, from basic, and intermediate to advanced, will be developed and acquired, in order to ensure that Filipinos have the digital skills needed to participate in the digital economy.
There are five DTC levels:
- Level 1 DTCs are partner-managed Tech4ED Centers that the DICT has assessed to have met the requirements needed to be upgraded into a Digital Community Centers. By upgrading the existing Centers, the DICT will be leveraging the Tech4ED Center network and be able to provide higher-level trainings to Filipinos in the countryside.
- Level 2 DTCs will be established in DICT-owned facilities and will be able to provide access to basic online training via livestream or through the Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs.
- Level 3 DTCs have an area where ICT training can be conducted. It shall have two to three training spaces. The DTC shall have Internet Connection and video conferencing equipment in order to allow those inside the training area to participate in basic, intermediate, advanced, and complex ICT skills/literacy training held remotely. It shall also have co-working spaces that will support local MSMEs and start-ups.
- Level 4 DTCs are Innovation Hubs and will provide necessary capacity-development support for ICT innovation (e.g., training in technopreneurship, emerging/transformative technologies), laboratories, and co-working spaces. This space shall have an Internet Connection and video conferencing equipment in order to allow those inside the training area to participate in basic, intermediate, advanced, and complex ICT skills/literacy training held remotely.
- Level 5 DTCs are Innovation Hubs that also house Data Centers that will provide not only a venue for ICT skills training, practice and knowledge generation, but also have Tier 4-compliant data centers that are able to provide colocation and managed network services to government units and agencies in surrounding areas.
The Free Wi-Fi for All – Free Public Internet Access Program aims to accelerate the Philippine government’s efforts in enhancing internet accessibility for Filipinos so that economic, social, and educational opportunities will be bolstered, and the growing digital divide can be bridged.
Drawing its mandate from the provisions of Republic Act No. 10929, the Free Wi-Fi for All Program provides free, fast and secure Internet access in public places across the Philippines, such as hospitals, basic education institutions, state universities and colleges, airports and seaports, terminal, among others.
By developing relevant systems and enhancing existing ones, the Free Wi-Fi for All– Free Public Internet Access Program aims to:
- provide Wi-Fi Internet access at no charge in selected public places;
- provide efficient and effective ICT infrastructure and information systems to the public;
- promote the use of ICT to improve delivery of critical functions of government services;
- provide a lower entry barrier for users, as well as improve accessibility;
- through public-private partnerships, provide commercial services, but with direct government intervention – in the form of investments – only as a method of last resort; and
- acquire a secured official electronic communications and collaboration system.
The National Government Portal (NGP) is a single website for all government information, transactions and services that is accessible through the URL: gov.ph.The NGP is a platform for collaboration, cooperation, and interoperability of government agencies, and a tool for faster and more efficient public service.The project’s vision is a one-stop shop of government data, information, and services. Its mission is to make government frontline services efficient and people-friendly through the aid of ICT tools.
The NGP hopes to achieve –
- Increased customer satisfaction of citizens and other users of online services;
- Continued improvement in the Philippines’ international e-government ranking;
- Easier and more economical aggregation of government resources and information;
- Faster government transactions, processes, and services through the use of online forms; and
- Increased efficiency of communications between and among the government, citizens, and business users.
The Integrated /Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System (eBPLS) is a cloud-based software that enables Local Government Units (LGUs) to process application for new and renewal of business permits electronically. It aims to integrate barangay clearances, building permits, and sanitary permit processing systems into the business permitting process of the LGUs to further streamline and facilitate the issuance of the business processing transactions.
The eBPLS_Cloud is a viable option for LGUs wishing to automate/computerize their permitting system within a short period of time so as to comply with the provisions of Republic Act 11032 otherwise known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. The e-BPLS seeks to address the red tape problem by launching a single, simple portal to government services on enterprise/business assistance. This software enables taxpayers to file and request for pertinent business documents online. The eBPLS also provides access to information on fees, taxes, permits and other information that are imperative to establishing a business.
The Philippine Business Hub – Central Business Portal (PBH-CBP) is an online one-stop-shop for all business registration needs created pursuant to R.A. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and
Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
The CBP is expected to reduce, if not totally eradicate, long queues for physical
transactions as the applications are done online and will be completed in days, saving
the Filipino people time, energy and resources. It will primarily cover the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Bureau
of Internal revenue (BIR), and other social agencies.
Visit https://business.gov.ph/ to register your business now.
The Medium-Term Information and Communications Technology Harmonization Initiative (MITHI) is an e-Government and ICT support initiative that harmonizes and ensures interoperability among ICT resources, programs and projects of National Government Agencies (NGAs), Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), and State Universities and Colleges (SUC). It ensures that NGAs, GOCCs and SUCs proceed with their ICT projects in a way that would guarantee higher possibility of success. In turn, NGAs, GOCCs and SUCs can offer their services to their clients or to the public more effectively.
Among its objectives include ensuring a systematic process for the planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of government-wide ICT projects; ensuring the coherence of ICT programs and projects of the Government and its consistency with the five (5) Key Result Areas (KRA) of the Administration as laid out in EO no. 43 and the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016; and promoting synergy among government agencies in planning and implementation of on-going and upcoming ICT programs and projects.
The National ICT Household Survey (NICTHS) is envisioned to collect vital indicators regarding ICT demand, access and use. It aims to collect data at the community, household and individual level, and is expected to generate baseline ICT data for national development plans, policies and program.
Spearheaded by the National ICT Planning, Policy and Standards Bureau (NIPPSB) of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in partnership with the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PRSTI) and in coordination with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the NICTHS is currently an ongoing survey with 74.6% completed field enumeration in 17 regions. Once completed, it shall provide a clearer measure of household ICT use for evidence-based planning and policy formulation.
The National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NICTEF) serves as a viewfinder, strategic compass, and implementation and communication plan. It shall collate national ICT data regarding plans, programs and projects to aid in policymaking.
NICTEF considers several interdependent framework elements as helpful in sustaining digital transformation and preparing the country for the future: human capital; affordable access and the devices; platforms (i.e. applications/services and content/data); infostructure/infrastructure; and standards, regulation, and policies.
NICTEF also identifies six (6) areas mirroring the digital transformation strategies of the government for sustainable development of the ICT ecosystem. These include participatory governance; industry and countryside development; resource-sharing and capacity building through ICT; improved public links and connectivity; ICT user protection and information security; and enabling and sustainable ICT environment.
Set to be completed in 2022, NICTEF is currently in the midst of conducting multi-stakeholder consultations to manifest regional and national best practices in its development process. Annual periodic updates will be conducted every June and reflected in the NICTEF website.