Our history with the ITU is now over 102 years in the making. With help, guidance, and shared practices from the union and its members, the Philippines was able to ride on the very first waves that revolutionized communications from the telegraph, radio and television. For a country of over 97 million people spread-out across 7,107 islands staying connected is truly vital. Our participation and membership in the ITU has given us the opportunity to contribute to a rich global resource from where all member countries access various forms of technical experience and expertise. The 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference comes at a time when the digital world accelerates the exponential growth of telecommunications even more. Amidst the threats and challenges in the world today, the ITUâ€™s unique role is to connect all peoples and nations so that together we are able to exchange solutions, communicate options, and respond to any need with haste and dispatch. As the Philippines strives for more inclusive growth internally and a much wider role in the global community, we hope for your most valuable support for our candidacy this year.
UNDERSECRETARY LOUIS NAPOLEON C. CASAMBRE Executive Director DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY OFFICE (DOST-ICT Office)
ICTO Building, Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101 www.icto.dost.gov.ph
THE PHILIPPINES AND THE ITU: For 102 years now, the Philippines has been an active member of the Union and a positive contributor to its policies and initiatives. The country was chosen to lead the Council in 1986 and again in 2000, when Atty. Kathleen G. Heceta, former Deputy Commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission of the Philippines, became the second woman to chair the ITU Council. Her chairmanship was marked by inclusiveness as she emphasized the rights of both men and women to participate in global policy and decision-making. Since then, the Philippines acted as a catalyst for initiatives on multilateral based frameworks of international communications during the increase in number of telephones, mobile phones and internet users globally. The Philippines was a pioneer member of the first ITU Council Troika, which established the ITU Strategic Plan for 2004 to 2007 and served as the Chair for the ITU working group. In line with ITU’s vision of connecting the world and bridging the digital divide, the country has initiated programs to digitally empower women and Persons with dissabilities (PWDs). To increase Internet accessibility in the countryside, TV White Space Technologies are now being adopted and utilized. KEY PARTICIPATION IN ITU SECTORS:
• The Philippines actively participated as the subject for the “Rural ICT Policy Advocacy, Knowledge Sharing, and Capacity Building Study”, which was commissioned by the Asian Development Bank and International Telecommunication Union. The Study addressed issues on rural policies and experiences in the country with special focus on areas such as policy, institutional framework, infrastructure development, government programs, role of community eCenters, and the status of rural ICT education and agricultural programs. • In line with ITU’s undertaking to provide telecommunication/ICT indicators and statistics, regulatory and policy information, national tariff policies and costing practices, the DOST ICT Office collaborated with other ASEAN Member states to share views and experiences to build up a National ICT Statistics Portal. The portal aims to provide linkages with statistics-gathering agencies as well as international research bodies.
Local implementation of ITU Recommendations
• Guided by the ITU’s Digital Transition Roadmap Project, the Philippines’ migration to digital TV is adopting Japan’s Integrated Services Digital Broadcast-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard for its integrated emergency warning broadcast system, which can be useful in typhoons, floods and earthquakes. THE PHILIPPINES’ COMMITMENT TO THE ITU: ITU-D • The Philippines shall propose projects on Dynamic Spectrum Access in order to expand the reach of broadband connectivity to the underserved communities in developing economies.
Vice Chairmanship of the Council Working Group on Stable Constitution 2010 to 2014
• The country shall continue to actively participate in the development and implementation of projects such as Digital Migration, Cybersecurity, and Internet Governance among others.
Chairmanship of the Regional Preparatory Meeting to the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly convened by the ITU and the Asia Pacific Telecommunity, in 2011
Vice Chairmanship of the ITU Regional Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunications Development Council (WTDC) 2010
ITU-T • In order to address the issue of climate change, the Philippines shall elevate its proposal on the “Utilization of Vehicles as Information Hubs during Disasters Study” to the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), which is one of the regional organizations under the ITU. The Study shall develop utilization standards of vehicle communication networks as information hubs during natural calamities. This builds on the emerging activities to introduce radio communications modules such as wi-fi, 700MHz ITS, and White Space band into vehicles.
Contributions to the work of the Union through the Regional Preparatory Meetings and World Conferences on different sectors of the ITU and the Asia Pacific Telecommunity
Leading and organizing projects with the ITU
ITU-R • The Philippines shall propose a policy in protecting the interest of the countries in their use of their orbital slots especially of those belonging in developing economies.
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