Vice President Sara Duterte vowed to look into policy reforms and risk-based cyber-protection planning frameworks to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders engaged in global digital economy.
In a recorded speech during the National Cybersecurity Talent Framework Analysis Report United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON), Duterte said the Office Of the Vice President’s (OVP) counterpart efforts shall be focused on providing for the enabling environment for digital infrastructure to become efficient, reliable, and facilitative of a thriving digital economy.
“The assistance that the US Agency for International Development has provided for the Philippines over the past six decades have contributed to the resilient and sustainable economic growth of the nation as a whole, as well as improved the capacities of local government units, the academe, and civil society to address development challenges,” she said.
She also said that in this fast-advancing digital age, participation in the digital economy is essential and Filipinos are well-positioned to reap the benefits of internet-enabled applications and services.
However, she said as more Filipinos go online to join the digital economy and benefit from the internet, the government must ensure that it is also taking action to minimize cybersecurity threats, and that it is building up a nation of cybersafe internet users.
Duterte added that capacitating the people beginning with institutional skills building for our national and local government allows for increased reliability and competence of recipient Filipinos to conduct highly technical digital-based tasks, monitoring, and reporting.
She said it also elevates the digital consciousness of the Filipino workforce, encourages positive outcomes, raises awareness of the negative implications of irresponsible digital sharing, and increases individual awareness of the risks posed by cyber-compromise.
“As we interact with international markets, government partners, and various industries, efficiency and security in our information technology platforms to ensure virtual connectivity is needed. Our partnership with international donors such as USAID is strategic in that they, as global technology and digital innovation leaders, can transfer knowledge and expertise to improve the state of our digital infrastructure and ecosystem in the Philippines,” she said.
Duterte also praised the USAID for implementing various initiatives to improve the digital ecosystem of the Philippines.
“Together, let us strive to scale up local capacities and elevate the cybersecurity skillset of the Filipinos. Patuloy nating mahalin ang Pilipinas,” she said.