Accelerating digital adaptation in PH: What’s more to do in 2022
In June 2019, the Philippine government, through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), launched the E-Government Masterplan (eGMP) 2022 – an indicator that the country has been taking significant steps in adapting digital transformation to fuel and empower nation-building.
Focusing on establishing a digitized government, eGMP 2022 “serves as a blueprint of DICT’s plans for integrating an interoperable government ICT network and systems with the objective of promoting open governance through the digital transformation of basic services.“
The DICT said it expects to see key results of the eGMP this year – mainly on how the country utilizes ICT for more efficient operations, better public service delivery, and solid support to businesses to perform effectively.
Apart from what’s written in the said 100-page document, here are some digitization trends in 2022 the country should embrace to maximize the implementation and realization of digital transformation.
Go for 5G
Telco companies in the country have since been pushing all their buttons to expedite the deployment of 5G in the Philippines. What’s good about how they’re doing it is bringing 5G to more provinces – not just in areas within and near the National Capital Region – thus increasing accessibility to the latest technology among Filipinos.
Thanks to the efforts of local telcos and support from the government in terms of rules and regulations, 5G adoption in the country is right on track. In fact, according to the ‘Benchmarking the 5G Experience-Asia Pacific June 2021‘ report by independent analytics firm OpenSignal, the Philippines’ 5G download speed is at 141 Mbps, one of the highest in the Asia Pacific region.
5G remains the next big thing in innovation. Once a strong 5G network is established nationwide, it will open new opportunities in automation that will benefit key sectors like education, healthcare, livelihood, and many more.
AI and Automation + Inclusion
Various functions of the government can benefit from automation and artificial intelligence-based technologies. Leveraging automation matches with the DICT’s goal to establish a transparent and competent e-government. It also eases the long-standing government problem of piled-up physical forms, slow and tedious manual processes, and inaccessible public records and documents.
Inclusion also plays a major role in achieving this goal. Therefore, the government should introduce promising technologies to local governments. Such a move will help create a standardized government system addressing citizens’ concerns and promptly delivering public service. More local governments powered with automation also result in centralized data storage, which means that important information across regions can be accessed virtually. In an archipelago like the Philippines, this is a great help as it lessens traveling from one area to another to get a document.
Another factor that should be considered in meeting digitization goals is a solid private-public sector partnership. For example, in the local scene, one of the companies that have been supporting the government in furthering digital transformation is Attaché Docs, one of the flagship software products of Monstarlab Manila (formerly Ideyatech).
Attaché Docs has been working with government departments, providing tailor-fit solutions for their respective functions and mandates. The firm also helps private companies in their digital transformation journey.
Learn more about Attaché Docs, its services, and how it can be your organization’s partner in digitization.