PH pushes for smart Asean through ICT

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[/caption] Department of Science Technology (DOST) secretary Mario G. Montejo disclosed the strategy at the 12th Asean Telmin Meeting held in Mactan, Cebu on November 15 and 16. Montejo is taking over from Myanmar?s U Thein Tun as Telmin chair, while Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) executive director Louis Casambre heads the assembly of Asean Senior Officials supporting the Asean Telmin. Montejo said in his speech that ICT can offer benefits that are beyond than merely providing information and creating convenience. ?The answer lies in the emerging role of ICTs in a world which is increasingly defined by how we use them. We may be seeing an emerging shift in ICTs manifested in directions beyond mere access to the technology, to its strategic use as it becomes embedded in all aspects of life. This is a shift from the so-called ?information society? paradigm to a new one ? the paradigm of a ?smart society,? he said. Montejo pointed out that as the cost of digital devices continues to plunge, their level of sophistication increase, resulting in the pervasiveness in the use of devices, smart appliances, and sensors. ?This increasing network of smarter/self-aware devices, have provided an abundance of real time information and data that can be analyzed and processed to help in decision making and management of systems? enabling smarter ways of doing things in various disciplines, such as in meteorology and weather, agriculture, health services, traffic management, energy and other governance systems,? he said. The DOST chief this pressed his fellow ministers and dialogue partners to intensify cooperation and collaboration in Asean ICT. ?Let us continue to share our experiences, learnings and strategies that will respond to common challenges and go beyond a connected Asean to embody a Smart Asean, that has truly leveraged ICTs to enable the aspirations of the Asean people for a better future,? he concluded. Other highlights of the two-day conference included a signing of an MOU between Asean and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on joint cooperation on ICT development in Asean and the holding of the 1st Asean ICT Awards. On Friday, the Asean ICT ministers will also sign the Mactan?Cebu Declaration between Asean member states which aims to advance ICT cooperation and integration in Asean. ]]>

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