The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it has signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement worth $150 million (or approximately P8.5 billion) with Japanese telecommunications firm IPS and its local affiliate InfiniVAN to expand the country’s fiber cable infrastructure.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)-led Smart Village Initiative seeks to equip its beneficiaries with the necessary ICT tools and access to connectivity to improve and expand services in healthcare, education, agriculture, and local governance.
Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. promised in his SONA more improvements in terms of connectivity, stating that the National Fiber Backbone and Broadband ng Masa projects of the DICT will deliver high-connectivity and high-speed Internet.
The Philippines, renowned as a thriving hub for Information Technology and Business Processes Management (IT-BPM) services, recently welcomed Uganda's Ministry of ICT and National Guidance for a week-long benchmarking mission from June 10-17.
The eGov SuperApp, which underwent a lengthy beta test before its launch, brings most online government services in a single platform, including the eTravel system which travelers need to use when leaving or entering the country.
Under the MOU, the DICT will assess and evaluate as well as assist in the development and enhancement of current applications and systems of PEZA and provide recommendations and strategy for the improvement of the agency’s ICT system.