Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Marcos says cybersecurity upgrades to accompany digitalization push


PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. promised a corresponding effort to upgrade cybersecurity alongside his government’s push to digitalize the bureaucracy, the Palace said in a statement.

“Security has become a huge issue… that’s what we are trying to design now, a cybersecurity system for sensitive information,” he was quoted as saying in an open forum at the World Economic Forum by the Presidential Communications Office.

He told an open forum at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos that the government needs to do more to improve internet connectivity.  

“Connectivity in the Philippines is still pretty low. And it’s unfortunate because… consumers (live) every facet of their lives through the internet,” Mr. Marcos said, adding that the government is lagging the people in going online.

The Philippines’ ranking in the Digital Quality of Life Index 2022 dropped seven places to 55th out of 117 countries. It recorded lower scores in internet connection affordability, quality, and stability, as well as cybersecurity.

Local governments have stepped in to establish internet connectivity infrastructure in the regions, according to Mr. Marcos.

“Local governments, and some agencies within the National Government, (have taken) the initiative and started their own systems,” he said. “So, this has now got to be consolidated and put together.”

“And that’s where we are right now: forming the databases for the government, forming the databases that can be used by the national ID.”

Mr. Marcos said the Philippines welcomes any assistance from overseas in improving its digitalization initiatives.

Before the Davos conference, Mr. Marcos issued an order to fast-track the digitalization of the national identification (ID) system.

The order was issued after a meeting with the Private Sector Advisory Council, where one of the agenda items was the Philippine Statistics Authority’s plan to pursue public-private partnership for its Digital PhilID App, which will serve as a digital alternative to the national ID. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!


Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Pressure on the Tory Party chairman increases as the head of HMRC says there are no penalties for ‘innocent errors’. Nadhim...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> With the increased threat of industrial strike action looming across the UK, we consider whether a force majeure clause can strike...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> TSB’s 5,700 staff and executives are to share a 10% bigger bonus pot this year, after rising interest rates pushed the...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> NatWest is to shut another 23 branches in England and Wales, adding to a raft of high street banking closures already...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Shell has put more than 2,000 jobs in the UK at risk after launching a “strategic review” of its domestic energy...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> British taxpayers have become shareholders in a further 53 companies backed by a government rescue funding scheme. These firms include a...

You May Also Like


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.