Govt urged to accelerate efforts to close digital gap
Serafica and Oren underscored the importance of partnerships between the private and public sectors in reducing the digital divide, including the delivery of government plans and programs such as free WiFi projects.

IMF suggests ‘extensive’ digital currency pilots for PH
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is recommending several phases and “extensive” pilot projects for the country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) especially in cybersecurity issues, laws and regulations that will cover implementation.

Bangsamoro social services ministry partners with Amanah Islamic Bank for digital aid payment
The Bangsamoro Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) has partnered with state- owned Amanah Islamic Bank for the regional government’s digital aid distribution program, initially covering emergency shelter assistance funds.

Government pushes faster adoption of fintech
The government has committed to ramp up the country’s digital economy, particularly on financial technology to further contribute to overall growth.

Web-based system that connects BOC with ASEAN’s counterparts launched
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has launched a management portal system that will connect its electronic data-based documents to its counterparts in the Southeast Asia region.

PH digitalization, infra dev’t must go together–Villafuerte
Villafuerte noted during the hearing that, for the Philippines to achieve long-term prosperity, “building infrastructure like roads and bridges should be undertaken side-by-side with building the information superhighway … because if you have digital connectivity, people will have access to information—and growth and progress will follow.”

10M electronic Philippine IDs issued—PSA
Amid delays in the rollout of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that 10 million electronic Philippine ID have been issued to Filipinos.

US commits support to BOC’s digitization trade process
The assurance of support was made by delegates from the United States Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and United States Agency for International Development’s ASEAN Policy Implementation (USAID API) Project.

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