The Department of Trade and Industry the number of registered online businesses surged from more than 1,600 online businesses that registered for the whole of 2019.
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The Visa survey also showed 73 percent of Filipino consumers said they are most likely to increase or sustain their current online shopping, similar to global shoppers (72 percent).
Under the bill filed by Sen. Grace Poe, interoperability or the capacity of government altogether to operate online in a standardized manner will be implemented.
DICT secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II claimed that connectivity in the Philippines has improved a lot since he assumed office a year ago.
The DTI chief said online barter – as well as other online transactions — is subject to tax if it has become part of a regular commerce or business.
The telemedicine guidelines comes after the DOH and the National Privacy Commission released an earlier joint memorandum circular allowing the use of telemedicine as a way to respond to the Covid-19 health crisis.
In its proposal, the DICT allotted P22.1 billion — the biggest chunk of its proposed budget — for its digital connectivity and access programs. Meanwhile, P1.05 billion will be spent on cybersecurity.
In its latest bulletin, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) reminded businesses, particularly restaurants, salons and barber shops, to collect only what is necessary.