The government’s linchpin role in embracing innovation builds upon ICT as the currency of the digital economy. And for this objective, the NICTEF will be an authoritative reference source, as well as a living document that shall be updated periodically with the latest plans, programs and projects, including recent indicators, accomplishments, outcomes and results.
The NICTEF also contextualizes strategies in light of connectivity masterplans and best practices to benchmark the pace of development within the region and identify trends and timelines to promote a holistic approach to the adoption of the ecosystem paradigm. The framework provides avenues to synchronize policy formulation, evolution of technology, and regulatory regimes to pave the ground for ICT inclusion in various government processes, and society in general. Centers of excellence and sectoral champions are identified to lead industry growth through compliance with global standards.
To synergize diverse industries and manage ICT for convergent platforms, it is high time that the Philippines adopt the NICTEF building upon its predecessor, the Philippine Digital Strategy (PDS) 2011-2016, as a complementary planning tool in fostering the development of a digital economy. It is with this sense of confidence that the administration advocates for trailblazing multi-disciplinary innovation, operationalizing emerging technologies, and updating the ICT diaspora nationwide.
VALUES, VISION, AND MISSION
Values – We belong to an ICT ecosystem that values innovation, sustainability, inclusiveness, adaptiveness and happiness.
Vision – Empowered and inspired by the strategic trends in our robust ICT ecosystem, we envision equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development in our society, and improved quality of life for our country’s citizens and residents.
Mission – We will achieve this by providing information and communication technologies that can be safely and securely used in digitally transforming the delivery of goods and services, researching and enabling ICT-driven innovations, fostering responsive and creative industries, and catalyzing participative communities of future-ready citizens and residents.
The National ICT Ecosystem is comprised of several interdependent framework elements:
- Human Capital: Talents and Skills – the individuals who access the applications, services, content and data that are provided by the players in the ICT ecosystem.
- Affordable Access and Devices – the interfaces through which humans access the applications, services, content and data – these may include wearable devices, cellphones, laptops, desktop computers, internet cafes, and other similar devices or venues.
- Platforms (Apps/Services and Content/Data) – these are the solutions (or portions of a solution) which are accessed by users in the ecosystem in order to achieve equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development in our society, and potentially to improve their quality of life.
- Infostructure/Infrastructure – these are the physical and logical components which collectively perform the function of providing secure connectivity between the users, their devices, and the platform which they are accessing.
- Standards, Regulation, and Policies – these provide the boundaries which will allow for the players and elements within the ecosystem to safely and productively inter-connect and inter-operate.
The players in the ICT ecosystem will most probably find themselves impacted by several trends that they will need to consider. These trends include:
- Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Artificial Intelligence
- Big Data
- Cloud Computing
- Internet of Things
- 5G Networks
- Smart Cities
- Intelligent Transport
- Financial Technology
- Health Informatics
- Cyber Resilience
- Future Skills
- Capacity Building