The DOST-ICTO’s primary thrusts for the medium term involve strategic interventions in the areas of E-Governance, ICT Planning and Policy Development, National Information Infrastructure Development, and ICT Industry Development. These thrusts are in line with the Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016, the Philippine Government’s master plan to actively leverage ICTS to promote transparent and effective government services, advance digital inclusion, deepen political participation, and achieve sustainable socio-economic development.
ICT INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
ICTO’s ICT Industry Development Group develops and implements comprehensive programs to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of ICT industry segments and support the growth of the ICT industry in the regions, it also collaborates with the industry, government and academe to enhance the competitiveness of the ICT workforce and works on a harmonized ICT promotions and advocacy program.
Electronic Government (e-Government) is the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) to enhance access of information and improve delivery, efficiency and effectiveness of service to the public. An ICT-enabled government allows the citizens easy access to information and services anytime and anywhere; create transparency and accountability in government operations, and strategically engages citizens and communities through digital channels.
The e-Government Management Group formulates, implements and evaluates ICT policies, plans and standards; develops, implements and monitors the National e-Government Plan; coordinates the various Information Systems Strategic Plans of national government agencies, and provides them necessary ICT technical services; and implements the ICT human capital and professionalization programs for government.
ICT INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT
Ensuring that ICT access and internet opportunities are available for the entire country is made possible by the development of effective and sustainable and strategic ICT infrastructures. Majority of ICTO’s initiatives have an online component that requires reliable connectivity between and among government agencies as well as with the general public. The ICT Infrastructure Group through its various programs ensures that these connectivity requirements are met in an efficient and effective manner.
ICT PLANNING AND POLICY
Facilitating ICTO’s mandate in formulating ICT policies, implementing ICT plans and programs, leading international ICT cooperation bodies, and other related functions is the ICT Governance Policy & Planning Group, which takes the lead in multi-stakeholder policy development.
Effective ICT policy and planning is the backbone of effective eGovernance, ICT-enabled societies, and digital inclusion of all sectors and communities. The ICT Governance Policy and Planning Group plays a key role in the development, monitoring and advocacy of ICT-related plans, programs, projects and standards, and providing research support for e-Government, e-Business and e-Society concerns.