The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan on 9 February 2023. Witnessed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the MOC aims to encourage and strengthen cooperation, and to accelerate development, enhancement, and integration in the field of ICT between the DICT and MIC.
The DICT and MIC is expected to cooperate in the improvement of broadband infrastructure and service provision in the Philippines; diversification of 5G supplier and development of open, secure and resilient 5G network; the development of capacity-building programs for cybersecurity; and the reinforcement of their previous areas of cooperation such as Digital Transformation, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and cultural relationships through broadcasting content.
Further, the MOC will strengthen the cooperation of the two countries for the smooth transition to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting and for the utilization of Emergency Warning Broadcasting System (EWBS) in the Philippines.
Within a 5-year period, the two agencies will be working together in the formulation and facilitation of joint ICT projects; as well as exchanging professionals, delegations, and information on policies, technologies, and regulations in the field of ICT. To promote areas of cooperation, liaison with other government agencies, industrial, academic and professional organizations is also encouraged.
“The Philippines, through the DICT, has reinforced its cooperation in the field of ICT with Japan. The Philippine Government and the Government of Japan have a long history of collaboration and the signed MOC will only strengthen our cooperative efforts. As a developing country, we are sure to gain valuable insights and support from Japan, especially in the field of ICT,” DICT Secretary Ivan John E. Uy commented.
𝐼𝑁 𝑃𝐻𝑂𝑇𝑂: 𝐷𝐼𝐶𝑇 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝐼𝑣𝑎𝑛 𝐽𝑜ℎ𝑛 𝑈𝑦 (𝑙𝑒𝑓𝑡) 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐽𝑎𝑝𝑎𝑛 𝑉𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑀𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑦 𝐶𝑜𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝐻𝑖𝑟𝑜𝑠ℎ𝑖 𝑌𝑜𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑑𝑎 (𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡) 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝐷𝐺𝑀𝐼𝑁 𝐷𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑢𝑒 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑀𝑒𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔.