In the recent Technology and Innovation Summit titled, “Innovative Philippines: Transforming Barriers to Productivity, Transparency and Inclusive Growth,” arranged by the Stratbase Group, thought leaders from government, and the information and communications technology (ICT) section came together to talk about the challenges faced by the industry, as well as the policy directions and strategies to deal with and succeed in the changing landscape of the digital economy.
The secretary, Gregorio Honasan from the Department of Information Communication and Technology (DICT), cited the need to accept a strategically developmental and competitive stance in the growth of ICT in the Philippines and steer away from the traditional mindset bounded by short “political” timelines.
Mr. Honasan wants the government to accept a policy direction that maximizes the benefits of available data, communications, and technology ideas to cut through the paper-based, multi-layered bureaucracy that has, without any reason, burdened our people who are just working to make a living.
The new leadership of Mr. Honasan promises to institute very strategic policy changes that will be more suited to the speed of technological innovations and unaffected by short political cycle disruption. The inclusive connectivity now being prioritized under his leadership will be a transforming achievement that will benefit all sections of Philippine society.
This year, the Global Innovation Index puts the country’s performance at 54th out of the 129 countries. Yes, there is an important jump in the worldwide ranking. But the Philippines is still behind other ASEAN neighbors such as Singapore (8th), Malaysia (35th), Vietnam (42nd), and Thailand (43rd).
With the increasing number of users of the internet, mobile phones, and social media in the Philippines, there is a need to complement this with a conducive policy and business system that can improve productivity and competitiveness.