ICT in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration (part 1)

by Koree S. Monteloyola

 

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plays a major role in the economic and social development of a country. ICT focuses on the convergence of multimedia, communication and computer networks into a unified system to deliver results wherein humans can benefit in terms of information accessibility, data processing, real-time communication and financial facets. The acronym ICT is frequently used with the word “roadmap” (ICT roadmap).  An ICT roadmap is a plan formed by an organization where in it contains the technological issues that they have to resolve and how they are going to resolve it. It also states the organization’s goals and projections and what are their plans to achieve it.

In this paper, I want to give the reader an idea of the current state of the ICT in the Philippines under the Aquino administration, and compared to other Asian countries how do we rate or evaluate our ICT roadmap?

For this task it is logical for us to have an understanding of the status of ICT and the government agencies involved just before the Aquino administration started. After which I’m going to outline the recent and future ICT projects and plans of the Philippine government and private sectors concerned.

From Pres. Ramos to Pres. Arroyo

On May 2009 an article by Roberto R. Romulo was published in Philippine Star entitled, ”Philippine ICT after GMA”.1 In this article Romulo voices his concern about the approval and creation of the Department of Information and Communication Technoloy (DICT) several times. It also talks about the evolution of ICT in the Philippines from President Ramos to President Joseph Estrada and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Each of these leaders had their own ICT plans, but based on Romulo’s article it seems that Pres. Arroyo had the most stable or competent ICT plan and government agency, which is the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT)2.

CICT

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology was formed on January 2004 and its preceding agency was Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council (ITECC) formed during Pres. Estrada. Its mandate as stated in the CICT’s official website is:

The Commission shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, regulating, and administrative entity of the executive branch of Government that will promote, develop, and regulate integrated and strategic ICT systems and reliable and cost-efficient communication facilities and services. In fulfilling its mandate3

The CICT formulated the Philippine ICT Roadmap, because of this I would say that the IT industry in the Philippines has taken another form under Pres. Arroyo. But like, past agencies which were merged to another department or completely abolished when a president’s term ends in our country, CICT was merged to the Department of Science and Technology. On June 23, 2011. Pres. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 474

E.O. 47 Summary:

“Reorganizing, Renaming And Transferring The Commission On Information And Communications Technology And Its Attached Agencies To The Department Of Science And Technology, Directing The Implementation Thereof And For Other Purposes”

In the Philippine law it is stated that all science and technological activities by the government should be assigned to DOST.5 Moreover the department assured CICT for their full support, and reiterated that since DOST has more established connections with various government, educational and private sectors in the country CICT would be more competent.

Continue Reading:

  1. ICT in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration (part 1)
  2. ICT in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration (part 2)
  3. ICT in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration (part 3)
  4. ICT in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration (part 4)

Sources:

  1.  Philippine ICT after GMA; Roberto R. Romulo; http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=472245&publicationSubCategoryId=66
  2. Commission on Information and Communications Technology(CICT) Website; http://www.cict.gov.ph/
  3.  About CICT; http://www.cict.gov.ph/content/view/45/82/index.html
  4. Executive Order No. 47, s. 2011; http://www.gov.ph/2011/06/23/executive-order-no-47/
  5. DoST assures ICT sector of full support; http://business.inquirer.net/6014/dost-assures-ict-sector-of-full-support
  6.  Senate Bill No. 2546DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY ACT OF 2008; http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=14&q=SBN-2546
  7. Department of ICT: Enabling Progress in the Philippine BPO Industry; http://www.openaccessmarketing.com/blog/2010/01/21/department-of-ict-enabling-progress-in-the-philippine-bpo-industry/
  8. Noynoy rejects proposed creation of infotech dept.; http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/184670/news/nation/noynoy-rejects-proposed-creation-of-infotech-dept
  9. Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP); http://www.bpap.org
  10. BPAP Mission and Vision; http://www.bpap.org/about-us/mission-vision
  11. ICT in the Philippines; http://www.nzte.govt.nz/explore-export-markets/market-research-by-industry/Information-and-communication-technologies/Documents/ICT%20Market%20Profile%20Philippines%20Feb%202012.pdf
  12. Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts; http://www.budde.com.au/Research/Philippines-Telecoms-Mobile-Broadband-and-Forecasts.html
  13. BPO Road Map 2011 – 2016; http://www.bpap.org/about-us/it-bpo-road-map-2011-2016
  14. IT - BPO Road Map 2011 - 2016; www.bpap.org/about-us/it-bpo-road-map-2011-2016
  15. MIC Announces the Outline of Digital Japan Creation Project (ICT Hatoyama Plan); www.soumu.go.jp/main_sosiki/joho_tsusin/eng/Releases/NewsLetter/Vol20/Vol20_01/Vol20_01.html
  16. Realising the iN2015 Vision; www.ida.gov.sg/images/content/About%20us/About_Us_level1/_iN2015/pdf/realisingthevisionin2015.pdf
  17. O2P and BPA/P Periodic Survey #2Constraints to Growth; http://www.bpap.org/publications/research/quarterly-survey?download=55%3Aperiodic-survey-constraints-growth
Note: This is a case study that I submitted for my IS 272 course (Strategic in Info. Sys.Devt.) in UPOU, on Aug. 12, 2012, months before the cybercrime law was approved.
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