As you will reference from my previous post, I had a chance to witness the 2011 Cebu ICT & BPO Conference, where Cebu’s Outsourcing Roadmap was discussed.
I have a transcription of the presentation of Comm. Mon Ibrahim about the Philippine Digital Stratgegy (launched yesterday) and would like to share it here:
Philippine Digital Strategy is 5 yr strategy from 2011 to 2016 that involves about 42 organizations (BPAP, Contact Center Association of the Philippines) and about 200 key personalities.
The way we did it this time was to engage the stakeholders in the development.CICT was more of a facilitator.
(This was) Funded by the Canadian government, which also provided the consultant who synthesized and prepared the report.
(This is going to be an) Integral part of the Phil development plan that is developed by NEDA.
(It is a) Critical tool for economic and social growth … development strategies of other countries are anchored on ICT and that shows how important ICT is today in global economies.
PDS is going to be citizen-centric, it will promote efficient and effective governance in the delivery of public service. If we want transparency in the bureacracy, ICT is going to be the answer.
(PDS will) Drive the competitiveness of the Philippines in the global market.
(We intend to) Upgrade government ICT infrastructure; mandate each / all systems of the government to be able to talk to each other; improve organizational capacity on ICT; ensure that all government data are in open format.
Internet opportunities for all!
After this has been launched, we will also work on 2 other national plans that will complement the PDS: update Phil eGovernment plan and develop national broadband plan. Only 61% of the country is accessible by broadband.
We need to put up a plan to achieve 100% Internet accessibility by 2016, should it be a partnership between the telcos and the government?
ICT for Literacy! We intend to put up Internet-connected computer laboratories in all public HS (100% by 2016) and elementary schools (80%) in the Phil — which is a very tall order. We know “na hindi na kaya ng gobyerno magpatayo ng” buildings to provide to the increasing # of school children.
It’s always been a catch up game for DepEd, we will never solve the requirements — the solution is — virtual classrooms.
Truly globally recognized ICT industry — for 10 years we have been successful in making the Phil a competitive player. The world has discovered the Philippines — that we have very good talent here. Today, we are the role model for countries like China, Indonesia, and even Malaysia.
It is the industry driving itself to growth. (The government is just playing a supporting role.)
We intend to institutionalize the PDS; and we look forward forPNoy to issue an executive order in the next 4wks for implementation of the PDS.
We’re currently working on a communications plan to increase awareness for PDS.
We intend to use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate what PDS is all about.
We need Php 2.7B to move all the projects forward, and we have started talks w/ funding agencies for financial aspect of implementing PDS.