ICT in the Philippines during the Aquino Administration (part 3)

by Koree S. Monteloyola


ICT Roadmap of Philippines, Japan and Singapore

If we were to compare the ICT roadmap of the Philippines to Japan and Singapore, it is without doubt that ours is far from their ICT visions. Japan and Singapore are considered to be 1st world countries, thus they are highly capable in producing impressive and high-tech ICT infrastructures. Ours mirrors the primary problem that a 3rd world usually suffers – unemployment. Most of the proposals and schemes in the Philippine IT-BPO Road Map 2011-201614 focus on talent or skill development. The roadmap identifies 5 priorities of BPAP:

  • Set driving standards and accreditation to ensure a better match between the skills of graduates with the requirements of industry;
  • Promote more aggressive internal marketing of the industry to the local talent pool
  • Strengthen awareness of the Philippine value proposition in IT, voice and non-voice BPO services in existing and new markets;
  • Advocate high impact public policies
  • Strengthen our Public-Private Partnership with government to fund key programs such as study-to-work training programs.

Philippine IT-BPO Road Map 2011-2016 suggests that IT-BPO and GIC industry annual revenues could more than double from $9 billion in 2010 to $25 billion in 2016.14 BPAP and the government remain optimistic with their set targets. Thanks to the Philippines high English literacy rate, the Philippines enjoys a good share in the global BPO industry.

Japan: ICT Hatoyama Plan15

If we are going to observe Japan’s ICT roadmap, we can tell that they are a rich country, since their problems and plans are about maintaining and/or upgrading their current technology it reflects the challenges they have in their society which is far less disturbing than the Philippines.
The plan aims to double ICT industries over the medium term through 2015-2020 (creating new markets of as much as 100 trillion yen). The specific policies in their ICT roadmap are:

  • Create safe and secure networks
  • Nurture highly-skilled ICT human resource
  • Development and implementation of ubiquitous Greent ICT
  • Enhancing the international competitiveness of ICT industries
  • Nurture and reinforce creative industries
  • Build advanced digital networks

These six policies would build an infrastructure supporting latent potential of Japan’s industry, government and regional communities.

Singapore: Intelligent Nation (iN2015) Masterplan

iN2015 was launched in 2006. Singapore has consistently performed well in international infocomm and e-Government rankings.  Recently, the World Economic Forum ranked Singapore second in its Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010 which measured the impact of ICT on the development process and the competitiveness of nations.  For the second year running, Singapore also topped the Waseda University World e-Government Ranking, which monitors and analyses the development of e-Government worldwide.16

Singapore’s strategy with in201516

  • To establish an ultra-high speed, pervasive, intelligent and trusted infocomm infrastructure
  • To develop a globally competitive infocomm industry
  • To develop an infocomm-savvy workforce and globally competitive infocomm manpower
  • To spearhead the transformation of key economic sectors, government and society through more sophisticated and innovative use of infocomm.

Desired outcomes16

  • Enriched lives through infocomm
  • Enhanced economic competitiveness and innovation through infocomm
  • Increased growth and competitiveness of the infocomm industry

Goals with in201516

  • To be #1 in the world in harnessing infocomm to add value to the economy and society
  • To realise a 2-fold increase in the value-add of the infocomm industry to S$26 billion
  • To realise a 3-fold increase in infocomm export revenue to S$60 billion
  • To create 80,000 additional jobs
  • To achieve 90 per cent broadband usage in all homes
  • To achieve 100 per cent computer ownership in homes with school-going children

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)


  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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