The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Baguio City Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) for the design and implementation of the National Government Data Center (NGDC) and the Digital Transformation Center (DTC), also known as the Philippines Innovation Center.
DICT holds various ICT skills and literacy training in Digital Transformation Centers, which are modernized Tech4ED centers. DTCs serve as dedicated training areas as well as collaborative workspaces to help Filipinos develop the skills needed to participate in the digital economy.
This partnership aims to enhance ICT upgrading efforts and strengthen the ICT entrepreneurship ecosystem in the city of Baguio. Our goal has always been to create a better investment environment for the ICT industry, to secure ample employment opportunities for our workers and to create more thriving local economies across the country.
– Secretary DICT
The creation of the NGDC, on the other hand, would allow faster and more reliable data exchange between agencies at a lower cost, leading to greater efficiency, as data centers are an essential part of an e-government system. .
“I would like to express my thanks to the Secretary of DICT and DICT for choosing us for this initiative. This is the first digital transformation center in the city of Baguio, and it will serve as a solid foundation as we pursue other digital transformation projects during this pandemic, ”said the mayor of the city of Baguio.
In addition to the Secretary’s leadership, DICT has made significant progress in the Philippine ICT program through the increased implementation of its programs, projects and initiatives aimed at achieving digital transformation.
According to data, the country has seen a 741.34% increase in its average fixed broadband internet speed and a 341.40% increase in mobile internet speed since the presidential administration began in July 2016. Through its ICT capacity building initiatives, DICT was able to train 183,699 people in 2020 alone. Some of the other initiatives implemented by DICT include:
Accelerated deployment of ICT infrastructure
DICT has prioritized the expanded implementation of its two flagship programs, the National Broadband Program (NBP), which aims to build a high-speed network for quality, affordable and widespread connectivity, and the Free Public Internet. Access Program, which aims to bridge the digital divide by establishing free Internet hotspots in strategic public areas across the country.
Improved PH Internet Speed
The Philippines has seen a steady rise in international internet speed rankings thanks to collective efforts to accelerate the construction of ICT infrastructure, a strong indicator of the country’s progress relative to its Asian neighbors and the global community as a whole.
The country’s internet quality is among the best in the world, according to a report – the Philippines ranks 20th and has the fastest year-over-year growth in mobile speed and broadband.
Increased ease of doing business
DICT, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and various partner agencies officially launched Phase 1 of the Central Business Portal earlier this year, to provide a unified online business application process. CBP, which will be implemented in stages, is intended to serve as a one-stop-shop for all business transactions once completed.
Protected cyberspace and better disaster response
In addition, DICT launched the CybersafePH campaign to combat the increasing rate of cybercrime caused by the pandemic. The campaign provided practical advice on how to stay safe while using online platforms and how to protect private data online.
CHIP Framework Implementation Plan
In anticipation of DICT’s 5th anniversary on June 9, 2021, the Ministry launched its new CHIP conceptual framework. CHIP (Connect, Harness, Innovate, and Protect) contains the medium and long term plans and initiatives of the Ministry. DICT develops new economic services, business models, digital entrepreneurship and e-government in each component of the framework to help each sector of society adapt.
OpenGov Asia reported earlier that the use of digital technologies in the Philippines is still below its potential, with the country’s digital adoption generally lagging behind many regional neighbors. The digital divide between those with and without the Internet leads to unequal access to social services and life-changing economic opportunities.