Had a great time over at Diamond Hotel for the event of Alliance of Tech Innovators for the Nation (ATIN), an organization who's goal is to bring government, private institutions and communities together for innovations in the digital front. As of 2021, The Philippines has earmarked the biggest growth among other ASEAN countries so it's apt to hold their launch here together with stakeholders, industry experts and government officials this April 12th.
Pushing for inclusive growth, ATIN reiterates the importance of its 3 pillars, namely education and skills training, digital adoption and innovation and harnessing digital trade opportunities. Monchito Ibrahim is its Lead Convenor after his stint as an Undersecretary of the DICT.
He says "I want to tell you what the ATIN stands for, and what to expect in the horizon. The pandemic has brought up on huge change in the economy, our adoption has changed day to day lives including shopping, business, even government dealings. We needed to optimize, we had to transform to provide essential services. The next ten years will make ASEAN have the biggest growth according to studies. We remain on track as checked last year. The PH alone added 20 Million internet penetration and has opened a lot of opportunities for workers, internet jobs, merchants, entrepreneurs, and made 20 percent year on year, and potentially earn billions come 2030. The Filipino workers started to work in the digital space when lockdowns happened. Online stores amount to 88574 businesses registered in the last year alone. It should be inclusive, a society approach is essential to democratize it and benefit everyone, leaving nobody behind."
Hon. David Almirol the DICT Undersecretary says "We have 37 projects on DICT but want to emphasize 6. We have the eGov Super app, eLGU, eGovCloud, eTravel and more. The eGov PH give citizens access to mandated government services, a portal to have ease of doing business in one place. We were able to combine it on one platform. The benefits will go to people, the first time to unify solutions of government agencies without disturbing their current platforms. Your National ID, SSS, BIR, DTI, DOT, LTO, etc all by downloading one app. We assisted and made it happen."
This is just the start of a planned environment of policy and regulatory discussions to drive even more participation from Filipinos and our ASEAN neighbors to foster initiatives for growth with the public and private sectors help. This would be done through the first ATIN Digital Economy Summit 2023 which hopes to benefit MSME's improve their digital infrastructure and help even more communities.
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