My Google Page Rank

Philippines: Moving on to become a leader in ICT

PDFPrintE-mail

Little has been known about the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), created in 2004 by Executive Order No. 269 as the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, regulating and administrative entity of the government’s executive branch for Philippine ICT development.

Today, barely six years after its creation, the Philippines is slowly moving towards being an ICT-enabled society where citizens live in an environment that promote access to technologies providing quality education, sustainable employment, efficient government service, and ultimately, a better quality of life for every Filipino.

Ms. Patricia M. Abejo, CICT Chief of Staff, and Director of Cyberservices Group said the government recognizes the vital role of communication and information in nation-building.

“We used to rely on the traditional mode of information like newspapers, television and radio. Now, we’re moving up to the use of more improved technology which provide high speed access to information,” Abejo explained.

“Access to information is very important, thus said Abejo. And for us to be really competitive, “hindi tayo dapat maiiwanan ng development.”

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology is proud of its pet projects which has brought honor to our country. We are slowly emerging as a leader in ICT.

The community e-center is a shared facility set up in far-flung municipalities. Of the country’s 1,511 towns, “we are getting there fast with about 1,000 CeCs already operational,” according to Abejo.

Another flagship project is the e-Skwela, implemented in collaboration with the Department of Education using the electronic module of the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) and TESDA. More than 50% pass the equivalency exam which is open to out-of-school-youth, housewives, and all those who want to get hold of a high school diploma without attending formal school in 4 years.
The i-schools are public secondary schools being provided by CICT with a computer laboratory, broadband internet, educator training, technical support, and monitoring/evaluation systems that open up access to digital material and applications.

According to Abejo, as of December, 2010, 550,000 are gainfully employed in the business process outsourcing industry and the number is fast growing.

Some of the most vital achievements of the CICT are as follows.

The Philippines was chosen as the world’s best BPO destination during the 2nd and 4th National Outsourcing Association (NOA) Awards, London, 2007 and 2009; the eSkwela received a Certificate of Commendation from the UNESCO ICT in Education Innovation 2007-2008 for Non-Formal Education; the iSCHOOLS Digital Inclusion Award won the 3rd Government Technology Awards in Bali, Indonesia on September, 2009; PhilCeCNet.ph won as Semi-Finalist for Community and Portal Category during the 11th Philippine Web Awards 2008; and, bagged the Disabled-Friendly Website Award in July 2009 given by the Philippine Web Accessibility Group and the National Council on Disability Affairs.

The creation of a Department of ICT is still under consideration in both houses. Its creation will more effectively coordinate and implement national ICT programs, projects and other related initiatives. “Hindi tayo dapat magpaiwan sa ibang countries, Abejo said, we should move on with the times.”

By PIA9-Pagadian City/Alma L. Tingcang




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

DENR-EMB 9 conducts SWM plan finalization of ZamPen LGUs

14 Nov 2018 Hits:74 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Region IX is conducting a 10-year Solid Waste Management (SWM) plan update and finalization of 33 local government units (LGUs) from Zamboanga Peninsula from November 13-16, 2018 at Grand Astoria Hotel, this city. Out of the total 72 LGUs in ZamPen, 16 have gained EMB's approval, whereas the 33 participating LGUs belong to the first batch currently undergoing evaluation of the bureau and awaiting endorsement to the National Solid Waste Management Commission. This is in accordance to Republic Act 2003, otherwise known as the "Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000" which mandates the LGUs to "prepare its respective 10-year solid waste management plans consistent with the national solid waste management framework." [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Man accused of child abuse, arrested

13 Nov 2018 Hits:139 Be the first to comment!

Two teenagers filed a complaint for child abuse against a 55-year-old man at Police Station 7 last Sunday. Ellyn, married, a resident of Barangay Pasonanca, Zamboanga City, averred to the police [...] Read more


Brgy Chair nabs pedicab driver carrying shabu

13 Nov 2018 Hits:86 Be the first to comment!

A delivery boy was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by elements of Police Station 4 led by Chief Insp. Hazel Fernandez at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City  on Sunday. Police identified [...] Read more


Navforwem honors fleet-marine troops for rescue of KV Duterte

13 Nov 2018 Hits:158 Be the first to comment!

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem) has honored sailors, marines, Fleet-Marine personnel and navies for the successful rescue of kidnapped victim (KV) Jose Duterte and exceptional feats in the accomplishment [...] Read more


Police searching for armed man for mauling

12 Nov 2018 Hits:110 Be the first to comment!

A resident of Barangay Mampang, Zamboanga City, is now being hunted by personnel of Police Station 6 for mauling and totting his gun at another person on Sunday. Police report shows [...] Read more


Team Climaco condemns misinformation, fake news

09 Nov 2018 Hits:309 Be the first to comment!

Members of the Team Climaco have strongly criticized and condemned misinformation drive allegedly hatched by their political foes and propagandists, who are desperate to destroy the many and outstanding accomplishments [...] Read more


Man hacked by father-in-law

09 Nov 2018 Hits:127 Be the first to comment!

A man was hacked and wounded by his father-in-law at Sibiktol Drive, Barangay Arena Blanco, Zamboanga City, on Wednesday. The victim was identified as Jarrin Jalmaani y Gadong, married and a [...] Read more


More Filipinos to be engaged in HIV-AIDS awareness drive

08 Nov 2018 Hits:171 Be the first to comment!

The right information on HIV-AIDS will curb the spread of this disease. But putting information out there isn’t enough, a senior government official believes. There has to be constant engagement [...] Read more


CHO: Fear of Dengvaxia prevents children from getting vaccines

07 Nov 2018 Hits:241 Be the first to comment!

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin reported that the fear of Dengvaxia vaccine has prevented children from getting other types of vaccines during City Hall's weekly press conference on [...] Read more


Army officer, 3 soldiers injured in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

07 Nov 2018 Hits:281 Be the first to comment!

An Army officer and three more soldiers were wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu province on Monday afternoon. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana,  spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command [...] Read more


Beng distributes relief goods to Triplet fire victims

18 Oct 2018 Hits:236 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday afternoon spearheaded the distribution of relief goods to families displaced by the early dawn fire in Lemon Drive, Triplet, Barangay Canelar. Mayor Climaco, assisted by personnel [...] Read more


DTI reports slight hike in prices of basic goods

18 Oct 2018 Hits:211 Be the first to comment!

Following its continuing monitoring of prices of all consumable goods in the local markets, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reported a slight increase in the prices of [...] Read more


OCENR preps SWM in barangays, basura run

18 Oct 2018 Hits:197 Be the first to comment!

The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) is working to strengthen the capacities of local barangays in line with sanitation, particularly solid waste management. Public Services Officer IV [...] Read more


Mayor Beng files candidacy, vows to continue pro-poor programs

17 Oct 2018 Hits:262 Be the first to comment!

In an expected sea of supporters to join her today, popular Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco is scheduled to file her certificate of candidacy for re-election this morning at the [...] Read more


Team Colorao to file COC today

17 Oct 2018 Hits:199 Be the first to comment!

The “Team Colorao” alliance will be filing their official Certificates of Candidacy (COC) early morning today, October 17, 2018. The powerhouse four party alliance will be led by party standard bearer, [...] Read more


MLFSI wins 3rd runner up in Parade of Lights competition 2018

17 Oct 2018 Hits:185 Be the first to comment!

The MLhuillier Financial Services Inc. (MLFSI) won 3rd runner up in the recently-conducted Parade of Lights competition during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Bagging the cash prize of P60,000, MLFSI emerged as [...] Read more


5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Zamboanga del Norte

17 Oct 2018 Hits:156 Be the first to comment!

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Zamboanga del Norte on Tuesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). There was no immediate report of any damage or casualty, officials [...] Read more


Hermosa job fair set Oct 19-20 at KCC

16 Oct 2018 Hits:199 Be the first to comment!

The City’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is finalizing preparations for the conduct of the Zamboanga Hermosa Job Fair set Oct. [...] Read more


City preps for Food Summit

16 Oct 2018 Hits:205 Be the first to comment!

The city government, through the Office of the City Agriculturist and the Office of the City Veterinarian, is readying a learning summit for food producers and stakeholders in line with [...] Read more