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Philippines approves ICT strategy

The Philippines House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Bill 3437, which seeks to provide for an “online network establishment” (ONE) policy for the country. Principally authored by deputy speaker Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas, HB 3437 or the “ONE Philippines Act” hopes to minimise the so-called digital divide and speed up wireless communications technology in the country. The bill declares it is state policy to recognise the vital role of information and communications technology in nation building and encourage investment and seeks the widest participation of private groups, local government and community organisations in the generation and use of technology. Towards this end, the state shall provide for a comprehensive policy for the creation and establishment of Information and Communications Technology Centre (ICTC), or an Information Communications Technology Hub (ICT Hub), whichever is applicable, in every legislative district in the country. “The Philippines has 81 provinces, and once this bill becomes a law, at least 81 nodes can be established to pump prime economic activities and promote development in every province,” said Arenas. The bill mandates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), consistent with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and in coordination with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to formulate and approve a national ICT Plan for the development of an information superhighway that will accelerate the establishment of ICTC or ICT Hub in every legislative district. All ICT Hubs or ICTCs established under this Act shall be declared free zones within which any public telecoms entity may operate. Read more

  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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