The Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office) of the Department of Science and Technology has formally launched the celebration of the ICT Month for the whole month of June.
Using the theme of “Internet for All: No Juan Left Behind”, the ICT Month’s goal is to highlight the contributions of the ICT as one of the major sectors for economic growth recognize the importance of implementing a national ICT program that shall optimize the utilization of ICT.
The ICT Month’s theme is anchored on the role of connectivity as a tool that can decrease the degree of Digital Divide, increase economic growth, and empower citizens by enriching their knowledge acquired using the Internet.
Throughout the month, the ICT Office will have numerous activities that will discuss ICT’s relevance in the daily lives of its users.
The ICT Office will also officially open the ICT Month with the commemoration of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)?s 150th founding anniversary. The event will highlight the ITU?s initiatives and innovations for the past 150 years, as well as its corresponding impact on the development of ICT in both the private sector and government agencies.
In the coming days following the kick-off event, the ICT Office will hold a number of activities and campaigns that underscore the impact the Internet has in everyday life:
The e-Innovation Group, which is focused on job creation through the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM), will conduct a one-day workshop on one of their program, which is the SeedPH, or the ICT-enabled Startups. The program aims to promote entrepreneurship and leverage the use of ICT to provide solutions for different industries in the society through technology startups.
The Integrated Government Philippines (iGov) Project Management team, meanwhile, will hold a National ICT Summit where the iGov Phil Project will launch their shared services applications and initiatives called PhPay an electronic payment sytem, and the Philippine eGovernment Interoperability Framework (PeGif).
These services are created to improve processes in government to provide better services to both citizens and businesses, as well as promote public participation.
There will also be a Cyber Literacy Talk, headed by the Cybersecurity team. The event will discuss about how to properly use the Internet and social media in order to teach responsible Internet etiquette, as well as how to handle possible threats on personal privacy, information safety and cyber safety of individuals.