PHL calls for the creation of Smart ASEAN through ICT

November 15, 2012 11:11 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 15 — The Philippines was pushing for the creation of a Smart Society in its 2012-2013 term as Chairman of the ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers (TELMIN).

This was according to Department of Science Technology (DOST)Secretary Mario G. Montejo who said that the idea was vouched during the 12th ASEAN TELMIN Meeting held in Mactan Cebu on Nov. 15 and 16.

During the two-day conference, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)was signed among ASEAN members and the International Telecommunications Union on Joint Cooperation on ICT development in ASEAN, the 1st ASEAN ICT Awards, and the Mactan – Cebu Declaration between ASEAN member states which aims to advance ICT cooperation and Integration in ASEAN and to strengthen the commitment to socio-economic development through ICT.

The Philippines through Secretary Montejo took over from Myanmar as TELMIN Leader while Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the Information and Communications Technology Office of the DOST Chairs the assembly of ASEAN Senior Officials supporting the ASEAN TELMIN.

Secretary Montejo said in his opening speech that ICT's responsibility for the people of ASEAN is beyond providing information and creating convenience.

“The answer lies in the emerging role of ICTs in a world which is increasingly defined by how we use them. We may be seeing an emerging shift in ICTs manifested in directions beyond mere access to the technology,"he explained.

"This is a shift from the so-called “information society” paradigm to a new one—the paradigm of a “smart society,” Secretary Montejo said.

Secretary Montejo explained that while the cost of digital devices continues to plunge, their level of sophistication increase.

The increasing network of smarter/self-aware devices, have provided an abundance of real time information and data that can be analyzed and processed to help in decision making and management of systems, resulting in increased productivity, efficiency and responsiveness, enabling smarter ways of doing things in various disciplines, such as in meteorology and weather, agriculture, health services, traffic management, energy and other governance systems.

The DOST Secretary encouraged his fellow ministers and dialogue partners to further cooperate and collaborate in ASEAN ICT.

“Let us continue to share our experiences, learning and strategies that will respond to common challenges and go beyond a connected ASEAN to embody a Smart ASEAN, that has truly leveraged ICTs to enable the aspirations of the ASEAN people for a better future,”he added.(PNA)

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