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Philippine Digital Strategy

Philippine Digital Strategy

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Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016 from the now defunct CICT
Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016 from the now defunct CICT

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Whereas the terms information society and knowledge economy have been known and understood for

several years, economies around the world are increasingly becoming classed as digital, to refect a new

style of dynamism.

Observers suggest that there are various interlocking driving forces, which are changing the rules of business
and national competitiveness:

> Globalization — markets and products are more global in reach.
> Information technology is manifesting itself as a key driver in the following ways:

> Effcient production relies on information and know-how. Over 70 per cent of workers in developed
economies are information workers; many factory workers use their heads more than their hands.

> New media increases the production and distribution of knowledge, which in turn results in collective
intelligence. Existing knowledge becomes much easier to access as a result of networked databases
which promote online interaction between users and producers.

> Computer networking and connectivity – developments such as the Internet bring the “global
village” even nearer.

As a result, goods and services can be developed, bought, sold, and in many cases, even delivered over
electronic networks.

Therefore increasingly, more and more countries are developing comprehensive strategies that address how
ICT transform our lives. While some are called national ICT plans or policies, more and more are called Digital
Strategies or similar, acknowledging the fact that it is not only ICTs, but an integrated digital world.i

Furthermore, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has developed their ASEAN ICT Master Plan
2015, with strategies towards an empowering and transformational ICT for the region.

The Philippine Strategic Roadmap for the ICT Sector 2006-2010 set the direction and priorities for ICT
development in the country, and provided a strategy for how the ICT sector would support the socio-
economic development goals of the country, as embodied in the Philippine Development Plan (2006-2010).
The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) was designated to take the lead in
the implementation of the Roadmap.

The year 2010 marks the end of the fve-year period of the Roadmap, and this Philippine Digital Strategy is

to be its successor Roadmap, covering the period 2010-2016. The new strategy is imperative as we seek to
preserve the gains we have achieved and maintain our global competitiveness in this critical sector, a sector
that is widely recognized as a key driver of economic growth and an enabling tool for social development
and poverty reduction.

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