Assignment 7(Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs)
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|Subject: Assignment 7: SONA ICT related Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:44 am|| |
On the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month, (July 2000), identify at least 3 areas related to ICT and identify how these areas can improve our quality of life.
GMA, in SONA, bats for dept. of ICT
By MELVIN G. CALIMAG
July 28, 2009, 12:11am
Pres. Gloria Arroyo on Monday made a final push for the creation of DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology) in her last State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Speaking before members of both chambers of Congress, the chief executive urged the country to “have a Department of ICT” as she highlighted the huge role that the BPO sector has played in the local economy.
A proposed law calling for the creation of DICT has been pending in Congress for the last five years. This even if Malacanang has certified the bill as urgent.
Arroyo made the endorsement as she noted in her Sona that the Philippines is now starting to create wealth with the development of the BPO industry as an engine of growth.
“Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity,” she said.
The president’s call for the creation of DICT, however, was less urgent compared to the appeal she made to revise consumer laws as she underscored her directive to the National Telecommunications Commission to act on complaints against dropped calls and lost cellphone load.
“We need to amend the Commonwealth-era Public Service Law. And we need to do it now,” Arroyo declared.
In an earlier interview, CICT (Commission of Information and Communications Technology) chair Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua said there’s time left and that the government is still hoping that Congress would pass the DICT bill.
“Unlike a full-fledged department, the problem with CICT just being a commission is that it can be easily demolished by the next administration. All that is needed by the next president is to sign another EO. That would be the end of the programs we’ve put up over the years,” he said.
ICT players await PGMA’s SONA speech
DAVAO CITY — ICT (information and communications technology) industry players and stakeholders will be tuning in to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona) for her pronouncements on the economy particularly on the IT sector.
Andre Fournier, chair of the ICT committee of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said that any pronouncement by the President would be an add-on to the IT roadmap which the group will be preparing.
“The President has been very supportive of the ICT industry.” Fournier said, citing Arroyo’s IT policy which allowed the industry to grow and flourish recording a 4.8 billion dollar market share in outsourcing operations and employing a total of 650,000 workers.
A week after the President’s Sona on July 27, IT stakeholders from Davao, including the Commission of ICT (CICT) will have a summit to create a roadmap of a short to medium term plan for Davao’s IT industry.
A study by the CICT lists Davao as the 4th most preferred investment destination for business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in the country . BPO operations in the city are on the rise despite the ongoing global recession. The industry currently employs 6,000 workers locally, with job demand steadily growing as several big-ticket BPO players are expanding operations while others are moving in to the city, with the opening of the Ayala and Robinson IT parks.
Fournier said that government’s policy towards IT has contributed to the growth of the sector.
Arroyo was recently cited by the Contact Center Association of the Philippines for her support to the industry. Among the concrete government initiatives cited by the group are the PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority) incentives, CICT (Commission on Information and Communications Technology) formation and the 50-million peso scholarship fund for call center training.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s speech during the 9th e-Services Global Sourcing and Exhibition
Function Room 1, SMX Convention Center
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
February 9, 2009
Chairperson Rey Chua of CICT, members of the Diplomatic Corps, our leaders of the E-service industry both here in the Philippines and around the world, ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the Philippines!
As the world heads deeper into recession, we meet today in interesting times, so
to speak. But to the fiscally strong, this is a time of opportunity. The Philippines has been compared to an island of stability amidst the raging world economic storm. That’s not just coming from me. Standard & Poor’s said it.“Reasonably healthy.” -- Fitch said it. “Macroeconomic risk the lowest.” -- Credit Suisse. “Inherently strong, a potential beneficiary of the world’s financial woes.” -- JP Morgan, speaking of the Philippines.
We now have 36 quarters of uninterrupted growth since I took office as President in 2001. We have created almost 8 million jobs in eight years. We remain cautiously optimistic that our resources and plans will allow us to manage our way through this time. This is because we “rebooted” our economy several years ago with dramatic reforms in revenue collection and generation, fiscal controls and banking reform. All of these actions were taken before there was a hint of a global crisis. They have held us in good stead. Our GNP grew 8.0 percent in 2007 and in 2008, when two-thirds of the world went into recession; we managed to still have a respectable GNP growth of 6.0 percent. And we have a cushion in place to help the poor.
Aside from revenue, we have focused on reducing our debt-to-GDP ratio, and building up new industries such as the BPO sector. We have created the BPO’s industry from almost nothing in 2001. In 2001 there were 4,000 BPO workers when our Administration started; today there are 400,000 BPO workers. Thank you so much for so much job creation. (applause)
I’ve been asking your industry leaders, how was the industry? And the response is that our BPO industry continues to boom as global cost cutting is sent to outsourcing. As you know the Philippines is ranked among the most attractive off-shoring destinations in the world because of cost competitiveness and more importantly the country’s highly trainable, English-proficient, IT-enabled quality manpower.
Early in our Administration, we understood that we must act rationally and strategically, to foster a digital culture that maximizes the benefits of ICT. We initially concentrated our efforts on three areas.
The first area was the building of physical infrastructure. We worked to speed up the telecommunications network infrastructure by bringing down the cost of connectivity. We supported wider public access to communications and information services through the provision… encouraging the provision of broadband services in cities and identified growth areas, and a redundancy of telecommunications gateways. This infrastructure improvements have been among the most important reasons why BPOs have been coming, flocking to the Philippines.
The second area was ensuring an appropriate policy and legal environment. It is not the role of government to determine technological outcomes -- that is the role of the market. Our role is to provide the environment to grow ICT. To that extent, I created a Cabinet level Commission on ICT headed by Rey Chua to lead our ICT policy formulation and implementation. Its function includes harmonizing and coordinating all public ICT initiatives. Our ICT sector is successful because it is driven by the private sector with minimal government intervention.
Finally, the third area of development is the development of human capital to close the digital divide and to provide the world-class workers that you need for your industry. The Philippines is one of the highest among the different countries in the number of training facilities for computer programming and other computer-related courses. And to make BPO world competitive, the world competitive industry that is today, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is working closely with the Business Process Association of the Philippines or BPAP on training courses on BPO to further enhance English proficiency to help near-hires develop the skills needed to qualify for employment.
To date, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry, in cooperation with the Business Process Association of the Philippines, have identified what they called the Next Wave Cities that are best capable of hosting IT-BPO and E-services operations. The original Cyber Corridor spanned Metro Manila, going down south to Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu up to Davao. Now it has been lengthened -- and I hope I get the facts right, they came to Peter Favila -- to include Baguio, Dagupan, Tarlac, Pampanga especially Clark, Metro Manila especially Marilao, Meycauayan and
Malolos, Metro Rizal namely Cainta and Antipolo, Metro Cavite were we have
Dasmariñas and Imus, Metro Laguna where we have Santa Rosa and Calamba,
Metro Batangas where we have Lipa and Batangas City, Dumaguete, and
Cagayan de Oro. In any case if there are refinements to this list that comprises the cyber corridor that will be discussed during this conference.
What we can say is that, BPO and E-services are key drivers of our economy.
They generate investment, they generate jobs, they alleviate poverty, they improve the lives of our people. And we are proud to be among the world’s leaders in this field. So we are proud to have you all today in this conference and exhibition.
To our first-time visitors who have come here to check out the opportunities we offer, I’m sure you will find that the Philippine BPO and E-services sector is among the best in the world. And to our existing investors, thank you for being a big part of the country’s sustainable and resilient growth.
… As the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speeches on her State of the Nation Address, she also mentioned things that her administration did related to Information and Communication Technology. First thing I heard on her speech which I think relates to Information and Communication Technology such as the following:
1. BPO (Business Process Outsourcing)
This industry is regarded as one of the fastest growing industries in the world. International investment consultancy firm McKinsey & Company predicts that the demand for outsourcing services will reach $180 billion in 2010, with the customer contact services, finance and accounting, and human resource sub-sectors taking up the biggest shares. When it comes to the trend in primary business requirements, experts are seeing a shift from cost-effectiveness to skills quality and competence. This development all the more strengthens the Philippines' position as an emerging global leader in the BPO industry (BPAP 2006).
The BPO boom in the Philippines is currently led by demand for offshore call centers. The Philippines raked in offshore service generating revenues of $2.1 billion in 2006, placing third behind India and China and slightly ahead of Malaysia. That's up 62% over the $1.3 billion it gained in 2004, and a huge increase from the start of the decade when the outsourcing industry in Manila employed just 2,400 people and the industry had revenues of merely $24 million. It is estimated that 200,000 people are working in 120 BPO (mostly Contact Centers) in the Philippines in 2006. Overall, Philippine BPO is forecast to earn US$11 billion and employing 900,000 people by the year 2010 (Shameen 2006).
The recent growth spurt in the outsourcing industry in the Philippines has been fueled not by traditional low-value-added call centers but more higher-end outsourcing such as legal services, Web design, medical transcription, software development, animation, and shared services. Though call centers still form the largest part of the sector, the Philippines has begun leveraging its creative design talent pool, its large pool of lawyers, and its professionals in accounting and finance (Shameen 2006).
To achieve and sustain this rapid growth, the Philippine government is offering significant fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to attract foreign direct investment in these industries as part of the 2006 Investment Priorities Plan. The IPP was prepared by the Board of Investments (BOI), as the lead agency in promoting investments, focused on the sectors identified in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010 (PBOI 2006).
Majority of the BPO facilities are located in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Bacolod City, although other regional areas such as Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro, Clark (Angeles City), Dagupan City, Davao City, Dumaguete City, Lipa City, Iloilo City and [[Legazpi City], Iligan CIty are now being promoted and developed for offshore operations.
The Philippines' Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) report for 2004 cited the Philippines as among the top 10 choices for offshore operations. Consultancy firm McKinsey & Co has been tapped to draft a five-year roadmap for the country's BPO industry.
2. Telecommunication Industry
The deregulation of the country's telecommunications industry has created a large amount of investment in this sector, estimated to total PhP130 billion (US$3.25 billion) over the next three years.1 The total number of main telephone lines in the country increased from only 785,000 in 1993 to 3.353 million at the end of 1996 to 6.64 million in 1998. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) reported a 1998 9.08 teledensity ratio (the number of installed telephones per 100 people). Expansion is projected to slacken this next year as the telephone companies will (hopefully) have fulfilled their commitments in terms of telephone lines they have to put up. The implementation of the Service Area Scheme to make sure that all regions of the nation have access to the telecommunications network, carried out through the National Telephone Program, accelerated local exchange growth. However, it is important to note that telephone distribution still remains somewhat unevenly distributed throughout the Philippines. Satellite communications in the country has been developed in case of disasters or emergencies. Satellite technology now links Metro Manila government stations to all regions of the country.
3. Information Technology Financing
The Philippines government, recognizing the importance of Information Technology, is helping to fund IT investments within the country. The government's budget for IT spending is increasing: as of 1997, the national government had an average annual operating budget on Information Technology of P643 million (US$17.9 million). At that time, about P7 billion (US$192 million) worth of IT assets had already been put in place by the national government in the last five years. As of April 1998, the Philippines government's IT budget was expected to increase to P21 billion (US$582 million) over the next five years.1
Most support to Research and Development institutions is being provided by the government (60%) with very minimal contribution from the private sector. However, R&D expenditures have still remained very low. In 1992, R&D expenditures were estimated at P1.5 billion (US$4 million) representing only 0.22 percent of GNP; newly industrializing countries spend 1.5 percent of their GNP on R&D.2
Though local governments are also expected to spend and provide a budget for IT investment, the national government has projected a substantial increase in the annual budget for IT. The government is also encouraging and looking towards the participation of private companies and investments in IT as the developing country cannot take all the weight of the costly upgrades in technology. Despite the Asian economic crisis and currency fluctuation within the Philippines, investor confidence in the country is still high.
The IT sector is still a healthy one in the country, regardless of economic troubles. Major IT projects and investment continue. Within the last year, there has been a definite increase in the number of computerization projects in the government and elsewhere . Much of the government has now moved online, especially with the strong encouragement from the President and the National Information Technology Council (see the IT Action Agenda for the 21st Century (IT21) under Government Policies). In 1998, 73 government agencies were already connected to the Internet, with many of them having an Internet presence through their own web sites.
IT companies are continuing to invest in the country to meet their outsourcing needs located in the Philippines. Seagate Technology Inc. opened its US$70 million manufacturing plant in Cebu in the first half of 1999. Another IT vendor, Fujitsu Ltd., will build a US$200 million hard disk media plant in the First Philippine Industrial Park Ecozone in Batangas. James Martin & Co. also plan to invest US$6 million to expand its Global Development Center in the next two years.3
Oracle signed the Philippines on as the first international participant to the US$50 million Oracle Academic Initiative (OAI) where Oracle will extend a US$1.5 million grant to the APEC Foundation to finance the training of young Filipinos in computer software applications.4
Soon after the approval of IT21 Microsoft signed four Memorandum of Understandings with the Philippines President, agreeing to:5
• explore the possibility of cooperation in the area of IT core competency and information infrastructure development;
• jointly undertake specific projects and activities such as the establishment of interconnected learning centers, as well as to explore such other cooperation possibilities as in the development of advanced software;
• provide technical assistance in translating electronic commerce initiatives into technology applications;
• provide technical assistance, training and administrative support for the implementation of a software management and review program to sustain the software legalization process in government.
Investments continue to pour in elsewhere as well. Intel has been investing between $300 and $400 million in local manufacturing facilities over the last 2-3 years. Apple Computers opened a full subsidiary in the Philippines. NEC will build a board wiring plant in Laguna, Acer is building additional facilities in Subic, and Cypress Semiconductor is investing $110 million in a new assembly and test plant in the country.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) estimates that total investments in the IT sector over the next three years will reach an amazing P130 billion (US$3.25 billion).
...those 3 ICT related are things can improve our quality life by Technological enhancement, as we all know technology can help our life become easier.
|Sarah Jean Tisara|
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|Subject: Re: Assignment 7(Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs) Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:19 am|| |
Sona or the State of the Nation Address is delivered every year by the President of the Republic of the Philippines to report the status of the nation. SONA is given by the President before a joint session of both houses of Congress, pursuant to Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution, which reads: “The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session. He may also appear before it at any other time.”
As what I have understood from the full text of the state of the nation address of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, I have I identified three areas that are related to ICT and here are the following:
· Development of BPO (Business Process Outsourcing)
· Formation of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)Telecommunications“Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications Commission na kumilos na tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga nawawalang load sa cellphone. We need to amend the Commonwealth-era Public Service Law. And we need to do it now.”
Philippines is one of the texting capitals in Asia, almost of the Filipinos in the urban area even in the rural area own a cellular phone. It is part of living of several Filipinos; telecommunications has always been tough and strong in helping the growth and development of the economical conditions especially in modernization and in technology. The telecommunication networks are most likely to be blamed since they are the ones which distribute cell phone loads. Fortunately, the government has found ways to prevent this further. If Telecommunication companies will reduce their rates, it will be a great help in minimizing the expenses of the people.BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) “Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity.”
Business process outsourcing (BPO) is a form of outsourcing that involves the contracting of the operations and responsibilities of a specific business functions (or processes) to a third-party service provider. BPO is distinct from information technology (IT) outsourcing, which focuses on hiring a third-party company or service provider to do IT-related activities, such as application management and application development, data center operations, or testing and quality assurance. Frequently, BPO is also referred to as ITES -- information technology-enabled services. Since most business processes include some form of automation, IT enables these services to be
performed.Formation of ICT
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to create a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The bill must also be passed by the Senate and signed by President Arroyo before it becomes law.
After the DICT is created, all offices of the Department of Transportation and Communications dealing with communications and information technology would be transferred to the new department. These include the National Telecommunications Commission and the Philippine Postal Corp. The National Computer Center, which is attached to the Department of Science and Technology, would also be transferred to the DICT.
Catanduanes Rep. Joseph Santiago, chairman of the House information technology committee, said a DICT must be created because the DOTC’s administrative and jurisdictional foundations can no longer cope with the rapid advances in ICT. “(The new DICT would) ensure the provision of strategic, dependable and cost-efficient ICT infrastructure, systems and resources as instruments for nation-building and global competitiveness,” he said. It would also promote a “policy environment of fairness, broad private sector participation in ICT development and balanced investment between high-growth and economically depressed districts,” he added.
Santiago’s committee, together with the committees on appropriations and government reorganization, has endorsed the DICT bill. Santiago listed other objectives of the proposed department:
• Ensure universal access and high-speed connectivity at fair and reasonable cost; provide ample ICT services in areas not sufficiently served by the private sector;
• Promote the widespread use and application of emerging ICT; and
• Establish a strong and effective regulatory system.
In the bill ICT is defined as “the aggregate of all electronic means to collect, store, process, and present information to end-users in support of their activities.” ICT consists of computer systems, office channels and consumer electronics, as well as networked information infrastructure, the components of which include telephone systems, the Internet, and satellite and cable television.
If ICT will be successfully formed, the development of Information technology in the Philippines will continue. It will give more jobs to the people and will bring more knowledge regarding the continuous evolution of Technology.
|mae m. mara|
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|Subject: Re: Assignment 7(Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs) Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:52 pm|| |
In the assumption that you heard/read the SONA of the President last month, (July 2000), identify at least 3 areas related to ICT and identify how these areas can improve our quality of life.
Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs
“Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications Commission na kumilos na
tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga nawawalang load sa cellphone. We need to amend
the Commonwealth-era Public Service Law. And we need to do it now....”
The telecommunication can help us a lot because we can contact other people from other places. But how can it be better if there are a lot of people complaining about the service of the telecommunication? We all know that most of us using cell phones and even telephone by means of that we can interact with others and by the telecommunication we can build business. Because of the problem in the service of the network people sometimes lost their trust with the network.
Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO
and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise
and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings
of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our
competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT....
In the last four years tourism almost doubled. It is now a $5 billion industry...
Our reforms gave us the resources to protect our people, our financial system and our economy from
the worst of shocks that the best in the west failed to anticipate....
Electricity helps us a lot. By the help of it we can use computers as well as those things that need electricity. We all know that electricity was the main reason why we can use one thing like computer because it is the main power. Just like mentioned above that last year the tourism almost doubled and now a $5 billion industry it’s because of the electronics. Philippines had a big communication to other countries because of business.
We have built airports of international standard, upgraded domestic airports, built seaports and the RORO system. I ask Congress for a Philippine Transport Security Authority Law....
Because of the built airports of international standard some of the travelers will not get hard to travel because of that airport. The new built airport, seaport and RORO system it’s because of this the traveler will not find harder to choose an airport, seaport that is cheaper those airports and seaports.
Transportation is very helpful in our society. It helps us a lot by making our transaction faster and reliable. Thus, transportation improves our lives.
|Michael George Guanzon|
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|Subject: SONA 2009 Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:48 pm|| |
ICT (Information and Communication Technologies)
ICT is all about the…
Computers ... The Internet ... Digital broadcasting ... Mobile phones ... e-Government ... Employment ... Telemedicine ... Online learning ... e-Commerce ... Entertainment ... and Cyberwar ...
The Information & Communication Technologies Group is one of the three academic groups within the Communication and Systems Department. ICT are now a crucial part of modern life. Almost everyone is affected by them, directly or indirectly. The ICT Group teaches and researches many aspects of these technologies. The group aim to foster knowledge and understanding of ICTs among Open University students and in the wider community. And the Group also encourages critical thinking about the use of ICTs and about their place in society.
The 3 areas related to ICT in SONA 2009
1.) “Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications Commission na kumilos na tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga nawawalang load sa cellphone. We need to amend the Commonwealth-era Public Service Law. And we need to do it now.”
As what I have read, the President made an appeal to revise the consumer laws because she wants the National Telecommunications Commission to act on the complaints against the dropped calls and the lost of cellphone loads of the consumers because they are the regulatory agency whose the one that ensures reliable, affordable and viable infrastructure and services in information and communications technology (ICT) accessible to all. So therefore, if there’s instances like having problems with this, they should take an action of it automatically, so that the consumers will no longer complain on them because we all know that loads, calls, and text messages are really important right now in our daily lives because it is really our means of communication nowadays, so we can’t ignore the problems, and should also for them too.
2.) “Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT.”
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is delegation of one or more of non-core activities to an external service provider, who in turn will be responsible for managing and administering the selected process based on pre-defined and measurable performance criteria. It is played a very huge role in the local economy. That’s why the Pres. made her decision and call for the creation of DICT but it has been pending in Congress for the last five years though she has certified the bill as urgent. In connection with this, me as being an IT student and an IT professional someday, I am so excited about it because it would really give benefits to a lot of people here in the Phil. esp. us being an IT and a big help also in rural area. By this, there is a possibility that they can now use computers in there areas and that they cannot be behind already as well as they can now have possible job/work with this. So, I just hope that they will implement it sooner of what I have expected.
3.) “As the seeds of fundamental political reform are planted, let us address the highest exercise of democracy, voting! In 2001, I said we would finance fully automated elections. We got it, thanks to Congress.”
As what I have research, Angara whose the one filed a bill of the total amount of P11,301,790,000 (Eleven billion three hundred one million seven hundred ninety thousand pesos) supplemental appropriation for the use of an Automated Election System emphasized the need to finally automate our elections. P9,959,710,000 will go to the acquisition of machines for the 2010 automated national and local elections. Moreover, P1,342,080,000 will be allocated for the preparatory activities in relation to the conduct of 2010 automated elections. And it’s so good to hear this good news for us because at least now, we are already assured that the automated election will be happened truly.
And with that, I believe that it is imperative in order to respond to the crying need of the people: credibility of elections and legitimacy of leadership. Vote Wisely, and Vote Fairly! ehehe…
|Edsa Fe Esio|
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|Subject: Re: Assignment 7(Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs) Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:39 pm|| |
Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's State of the Nation Address for the 3rd Regular Session of the 14th CongressDuring on the SONA of the president, she mentioned about the ICT or Information and Communications Technology.
27 July 2009
Information and communication technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term that covers all technical means for processing and communicating information. The term has gained popularity partially due to the convergence of information technology (IT) and telecom technology. ICT defines a broad range of technologies, including methods for communication (communication protocols, transmission techniques, communications equipment, media (communication), as well as techniques for storing and processing information (computing, data storage, etc.)
In relation to this, the president mentioned to have an ICT department…..
“But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT.”
ICT allows users to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technologies.
ICT tools can be used to find, explore, analyze, exchange and present information responsibly and without discrimination. ICT can be employed to give users quick access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
More funds to education were also brought up. “Pondohan ang mas maraming classroom at computers. Kaya namuhunan tayo ng malaki sa edukasyon at skills training. Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas magandang buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams.”
More attention to education is a big help to all especially to the youth because what we already know, education is the key to success. More funds for classroom will make the student more effective in class and will give productive place to learn and gain more knowledge. To be aware and expose in technology would also be a great help to the student. It would make the student to be more equipped after the school life, to face the real world.
"In 2001, I said we would finance fully automated elections. We got it, thanks to Congress."
Election is a crucial event in our country. It is a big issue that is needed to have attention and concern of. Truly, it should not take advantage and even use to personal interest of any. Making our election to be automated is a big help to the process of election and to make it effective timely manner. Having automation has many advantages to the voters and to everyone. But, there are still important things that should take into account. Implementing the automation should properly discuss well, plan well and make sure it is secure.
Automation in election would be very helpful to make it more organize in manipulation of data, to make the result more reliable and fast, it may lessen the human error, and can make the process more easy and timely. It may reduce any anomaly during the election process and even in the casting of votes.
We cannot deny that the result of the election is very important to the government of our country including its constituent. The elected individual will be in the position to serve its people and to manage the political issues and concerns of the country. To make sure the laws and regulations are implemented well and assure its people to protect their rights from any vices. That is why, this automation would be a great help but it should make sure to make it fair and honest.
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|Subject: Re: Assignment 7(Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs) Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:52 pm|| |
ICT on SONA '09
“Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT.”
-> Through the BPO industries the percentage of unemployment will lessen, contributing to the development of our economy status.
-> Technology, as we all know, has the ability to create shortcuts in working and can make tasks easier as well. Building a Department of ICT is a good idea because we will be (somehow) updated with the current technology. Admit it, we are a bit behind when it comes to technology, but by having a Department of ICT, we will not only be updated with the technology but it will also help other government offices by creating systems that a specific department needs. Additionally, we -- techie students -- will have the opportunity to showcase our talents to our country. The possibility for technology innovations might open wider than it is right now.
“In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng P18,000 bawat buwan.”
-> This statement should have encouraged out-of-school youth and/or people whose not financially capable enrolling in a university, to continue their search for knowledge through enrolling into the technical education that our government offers in an affordable fee. Not only that it will lessen the count of undergraduates but of unemployment as well.
“As a country in the path of typhoons and in the Pacific Rim of Fire, we must be prepared as the latest technology permits to anticipate natural calamities when that is possible; to extend immediate and effective relief when it is not. The mapping of flood- and landslide-prone areas is almost complete. Early warning, forecasting and monitoring systems have been improved, with weather tracking facilities in Subic, Tagaytay, Mactan, Mindanao, Pampanga.”
-> Good! This is very helpful in a way that people will not be misinformed about the weather or other natural calamities that might occur. Making people ready and alert.
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|Subject: Assignment #7 Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:13 pm|| |
P.S. i really thought that i have posted my assignment here...
Identify at least three areas related to ICT and identify how these areas can improve our quality of life.
State Of the Nation Address
After reading the SONA of our president here are the three areas related to ICT that I found:
"Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications Commission na kumilos na tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga nawawalang load sa cellphone. "
Telecommunication is used to transmit information electronically. One of the most important medium of telecommunication today is through cell phones using load. However, some telecommunication network steal load and dropped calls. I know some people think that cell phone load is not as important as education or crisis (so why would the President mention this?...) ...but still every Filipino uses cell phone load .
We paid for the cell phone loads therefore it is only right that we get the value of our money.
So how can telecommunication improve our quality of life?
Telecommunication bridges our gap, through this we could get in touch to people in the fastest and efficient way possible.
"Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT…"
Having a government sector intended for information and communications technology will help the country to be flexible with the latest evolution of information technology.
BPO also provides greater chance for more Filipino's to have work and generate more income.
"As the process of fundamental political reform begins, let us address the highest exercise of democracy…voting!
In 2001, I said we would finance fully automated elections. We got it, thanks to Congress…."
I believe it should have been a long time that our country practice automated election. So it is really good to know that the government is taking step towards implementing automation.
Using automated machines for the elections, people will experience a fast and reliable election results.
Knowing that people has their 'highest exercise of democracy' done in a clean and reliable process, Filipino's will have more trust and unity in the government.
“Some say that after this SONA, it will be all politics. Sorry, but there’s more work…”
since it is already in my blog...
it seems that i missed it...
post ko karon tapos pasa nako ang handwritten maya...
|Subject: Re: Assignment 7(Due: before August 24, 2009, 13:00hrs) || |