PH, Spain ink deal on ICT cooperation

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[/caption] Representing the Philippines in the signing ceremony was DOST Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) executive director Louis Casambre, while Ambassador Jorge Domecq represented Spain?s State Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The two countries agreed to cooperate on ICT areas such as, spectrum management, cybersecurity, capacity building, disaster risk reduction and bridging the digital divide. This will be done through the exchange of IT experts and consultants as well as exchange of best practices and experiences in ICT policy aimed to promote economic and social development. ?This MOU signing between Spain and the Philippines for improved cooperation in ICT is a significant landmark in the relationship of our two countries,? Casambre said. Domecq said that other than providing humanitarian relief in time of natural disasters, Spain is keen in providing assistance in disaster prevention utilizing ICT. ?We?ve have been working with the Philippines and local government units in times of natural disasters, which is good, but we would also like to use our resources to help in minimizing the harmful effects natural disasters and mitigate the effects of climate change,? Domecq said. Other areas of cooperation in ICT for the two countries include e-health and e-education, technical standards and certifications, e-government, green ICT, and government-private sector collaboration. ]]>

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