DICT Secretary Uy Commits to Inclusive Access to Emerging Technologies
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John E. Uy reaffirmed the Philippine government’s commitment to ensuring equitable access to emerging technologies at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council 2023 High-Level Segment. He highlighted the DICT’s focus on key initiatives for digital inclusion, such as accelerating national connectivity, enhancing ICT workforce competency, and generating jobs in the ICT sector.
Secretary Uy highlighted the Broadband ng Masa (Broadband of the Masses) program, comprising the National Broadband Program (NBP) and the Free Wi-Fi for All (FW4A) Program, in line with the ITU’s Universal Access goal. The NBP ensures reliable and affordable broadband connectivity through infostructural interventions, while FW4A provides free internet access in public spaces and state universities, focusing on underserved areas or communities.
Furthermore, Secretary Uy emphasized the government’s aim to double the number of online freelancers and jobs in the Information Technology-Business Process Management industry by 2028 through public-private sector partnerships and international collaboration. With a significant portion of the population actively using the internet and engaging in social media, the Philippines eagerly anticipates the transformative potential of emerging technologies.
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