Velasco calls for more investment in ICT to ‘narrow digital divide’ in PH, ASEAN (

Philippines Velasco ICT
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco speaks before the 42nd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) on Monday, August 23, 2021.
Source: of the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Additional and aggressive investments in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector should be encouraged in order to “narrow” the prevailing “digital divide” within the Philippines and among Southeast Asian nations.

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco put the spotlight on this matter speaking before the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) recently, stressing the importance of “equitable access to opportunities the digital economy has to offer” especially in this time of a pandemic.

Velasco in a statement Tuesday said the COVID-19 crisis exposed the massive digital disconnect where many – even if privileged to have access to computers and the internet – were still left behind in terms of education and economic opportunities, among others.

“Everyone must have equitable access to opportunities the digital economy has to offer. Greater efforts should be made to narrow the digital divide within the specific context of each member state and community,” he said during the online 42nd General Assembly of AIPA hosted by Brunei Darussalam on August 23-25.

“The key is to invest in sufficient infrastructure and connectivity to broaden physical access to mobile and internet networks, which will also enhance access to education, markets, and other economic opportunities,” he added.

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24 August 2021

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