Articles worth reading

Metro News

NEDA bats for PH digital transformation

account_balanceMetro News account_circleMarc Lacson chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Data science, analytics, and digital transformation can help make better policies and deliver better services as the Philippines heads to a new and better normal, said the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).  

“I have always believed and advocated for digital transformation within the government in order to strengthen policy-making and service delivery. The government and businesses alike need to use data science to make better policies. This has become even more urgent in the new normal,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said during the 2021 Analytics Summit PH on July 27, 2021.  

Organized by the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP), the summit convenes key stakeholders from various sectors to evaluate and learn more about how best practices in data science and analytics will help the country take on challenges of socioeconomic development and service delivery while keeping pace with the 4th industrial revolution. 


The NEDA chief further emphasized the significance of digitalization during the pandemic when social protection programs need to be efficiently delivered using information and communications technology (ICT). 

Chua recounted that the biggest challenge in implementing the social amelioration program (SAP) for 18 million families and the small business wage subsidy (SBWS) for 3.1 million workers was how these critical emergency responses can reach the people, most of whom were unbanked or without access to formal financial services. 

“At the height of the crisis, there was no single registry or database of Filipinos to identify beneficiaries. At the same time, 71 percent of the total adult population did not have bank accounts, making it difficult to efficiently disburse the subsidies. This is why the President gave the directive to accelerate the implementation of the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys to provide all Filipinos a unique and digitalized ID,” he said. 

To cope with the pandemic, the Philippine Statistics Authority has adopted a three-step registration system to ensure safe and efficient implementation of PhilSys. Since October 2020, over 38.7 million individuals have been registered for step 1 or the demographic data collection.  

Some 20.1 million individuals have completed their step 2 registration or biometrics capture, and more than 4.8 million have applied for bank accounts. Moreover, over 558,000 registrants have received their PhilID cards. 

“We envision PhilSys to spark the widespread use of banking services and electronic payments, thus accelerating the growth of the digital economy. PhilSys may also facilitate the vaccination of the general population and the implementation of digital vaccine credentials in the future,” Chua said. 

Apart from PhilSys, he also identified the Public Service Act, the Foreign Investment Act, and the Retail Trade Liberalization Act as priority legislations to help attract investments in key industries to support digital transformation. 

“In particular, opening up the telecommunications sector, through the Public Service Act, will help improve internet services and strengthen our foundation for digitalization. With better and cheaper internet, digital services like cloud computing will be more viable,” Chua added. 

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

A look at the Philippines players who made it to the NBA

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Hank Biasatti was the first athlete born outside of the US to play in the NBA, way back in 1946. Born in Italy and raised in Canada, Biasatti spent a season with the then Toronto Huskies playing six games before being drafted by the Celtics prior to ...

Meralco, DTI team up to keep lights on for MSMEs 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

THE Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) renewed its partnership that assures no micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are left behind in keeping their lights on amid the pandemic. “This collab...

Makati Mayor Abby Binay

Makati street under granular lockdown

account_balanceMakati chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

Makati Mayor Abby Binay has ordered the implementation of a granular lockdown at H. Santos St. in Brgy. Tejeros starting at 12:01 a.m. of Thursday, September 16, 2021. “I ordered the granular lockdown after noting an increase in the number of ...

DOH confirms 18,937 new Covid cases on Sept. 20

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

With 20,171 new recovered cases reported on Monday, the overall tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recoveries nationwide rose to 2,171,832,  according to a report by Philippine News Agency. According to the Department of Health (DOH),...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature