To make the economy of one country more robust, from the city-wide level up to the national level, a solid digital transformation must be in place.
This is what the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG,) and GeiserMaclang Communications Inc., are doing my launching the “Digital Filipino, Digital Cities, Digital Philippines” campaign, starting with a forum on December 10 at 9AM.
It will be the single, largest, most important virtual conference that will tackle head-on the issues of business, technology, and countryside development. National and local government leaders, captains of industry, industrialists from foreign chambers of commerce, and media professionals will address the joint issues that influence the outcome in business and technological progress.
In the event’s November 19 press conference, different government representatives discussed the current state of digitization in the country and how it can be improved to scale. Speaking in a panel discussion were NICP President Michael Tiu Lim; DICT Director for ICT Industry Development Bureau Emmy Delfin; and DILG Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco V. Densing. Moderating it was Amor Maclang, “Digital Pilipinas” Convenor and co-founder of GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.
Amor Maclang explained, “What we want to communicate is that there is now a national movement to make tech. What better way to start ‘tech-ing’ up the country than by tech-ing up the communities and our cities. We envision that there will no longer be a digital divide, regardless of where you are: no municipality is ever too far because of technology.”
Cultivating innovation, a tech-forward business environment, and collaboration across all sectors in a whole-of-government, whole-of-nation approach is vital to the formation of a digital Philippines. “We at NICP have been investing in the workforce of tomorrow. In fact, we even have talent upskilling initiatives to help people that fall below the requirements still be able to get jobs. But we cannot do it alone,” said NICP President Lim. “We need people and other stakeholders to join. The LGUs have been stepping up. There are different programs within a city that can make it smart. We hope to make the Philippines proud. We look forward to seeing you all again on December 10 for the “Digital Filipino, Digital Cities, Digital Philippines” Summit.”