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ICT4D Resources on the Philippines

Quick Facts

Total population
103.775 million (July 2012 est.)                             
Literacy rate

95% (2008)

GDP per capita

USD 4,100 (2011 est.)

Computers per 100 inhabitants

7.46 (2007)
Fixed-line telephones per 100 inhabitants

7.15 (2011)

Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants
91.99(2011)
Internet users per 100 inhabitants
29(2011)
Domain names registered under '.ph'
100,000
Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants
1.89
Internet domestic bandwidth
From 64 Kbits/s to 5 Mbits/s (2008)
Internet international bandwidth
3,214.5 Mbps (as of 2008)
Percentage of population covered by mobile signal
99.00

Source: Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009/2010

Commission on Information and Communications Technology

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

Global Information Society Watch 2007

ICT at a Glance (World Bank)

ICT in Education (UNESCO)

Information Technology and E-Commerce Council

ITU ICT EYE

National Computer Center

Philippine Communication Centrum

Philippine National Observatory on the Information Society

General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The Economist's Country Briefing

The World Factbook (CIA)

Resources on E-Co Hub

Analytical Tools for Measuring Poverty Dynamics: An Application Using Panel Data in the Philippines

Analytical Tools for Measuring Poverty Dynamics: An Application Using Panel Data in the Philippines

The Philippines has experienced rapid economic growth over the past decade. However, the benefits of economic expansion have not resulted to significant poverty reduction. This paper aims to measure poverty dynamics and identify the correlates of chronic and transient poverty in the Philippines. Findings suggest that the relative importance of transient poverty increases dramatically as the poverty line decreases or as the poverty measure becomes more sensitive to the welfare of the poorest of the poor.

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UN-APCICT releases two publications on Engaged Learning to promote linking classroom learning to development

UN-APCICT releases two publications on Engaged Learning to promote linking classroom learning to development

To advocate the engaged learning across the Asia-Pacific region, UN-APCICT launches two new publications – 1) Engaged Learning Toolkit for Faculty: Using ICTs for Community Development and 2) Engaged Learning Guidebook for Students: Using ICTs for Community Development.

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E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

As governments transition towards e-government in Asia and the Pacific, there is growing acknowledgement of the role that e-government could play to harness ICTs for women’s empowerment and gender equality. However, much of e-government policy and implementation still do not take into account the differentiated access to, and impact of, technology for men and women. Recognizing the potential of e-government for women’s empowerment, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) undertook a project in 2014–2015 on “E-Government for Women’s Empowerment in the Asia Pacific”, in partnership with the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG). The project aims to enhance knowledge and awareness of good practices of gender-responsive policies, programmes and strategies in e-government, in order to help build the capacity of governments to harness this tool towards women’s empowerment.

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Closing the Skills Gap for Global Tourism Jobs: CCA and ASHA: Empowering Culinary and Hospitality Leaders in the Philippines

Closing the Skills Gap for Global Tourism Jobs: CCA and ASHA: Empowering Culinary and Hospitality Leaders in the Philippines

Demand for skills in the booming Philippine tourism and hospitality industry is high. IFC client, The Cravings Group, is helping to meet it by preparing work-ready graduates in its culinary and hospitality schools, and providing thousands of young people access to a successful career and a pathway out of poverty.

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Access to Finance of Women-Owned SMEs in Southeast Asia: An Assessment of Five Countries

Access to Finance of Women-Owned SMEs in Southeast Asia: An Assessment of Five Countries

Commissioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Women's World Banking conducted research to examine the profile of women-owned SMEs in five countries in Southeast Asia (the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia) and surveyed the landscape of their access to finance. Based on these findings, we give recommendations for government, private sector players and development agencies that will enable women's access to finance in these countries.

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Women’s Rights Online: Translating Access into Empowerment

Women’s Rights Online: Translating Access into Empowerment

New research by the Web Foundation shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries*, found that while nearly all women and men own a phone, women are still nearly 50% less likely to access the Internet than men in the same communities, with Internet use reported by just 37% of women surveyed. Once online, women are 30-50% less likely than men to use the Internet to increase their income or participate in public life.

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Building resilient societies: UN-APCICT conducts a workshop on social media for disaster risk management in the Philippines

Building resilient societies: UN-APCICT conducts a workshop on social media for disaster risk management in the Philippines

UN-APCICT and the Information and Communication Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines are organizing a workshop on Social Media for Disaster Risk Management from 1 to 2 October in Manila, Philippines.

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ASEAN Statistical Yearbook 2014

ASEAN Statistical Yearbook 2014

With the sustained interest of the business and international community in the growth and dynamism of the ASEAN Community, there is an ever-growing and constant demand for statistical information about the region. Whereas statistics would show the distinct and diverse characteristics of the ASEAN Member States in terms of demography, education and health, ASEAN statistics also demonstrate the interconnectedness of the region in trade, foreign direct investment and tourism, among others. Every year, the ASEAN Statistical Yearbook (ASYB) provides the region's latest statistical information on these social and economic indicators. Containing longer data series to facilitate deeper analysis of interrelated issues, this annual publication provides a comprehensive account of the trends and developments in the ASEAN region, as captured in numbers through statistics.

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UN strengthens ICT for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development  in Asia-Pacific

UN strengthens ICT for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development in Asia-Pacific

This week the United Nations pledged to broaden the reach of its ICT capacity building programmes and services through the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT).

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9th Session of UN-APCICT’s Governing Council convenes in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 October 2014

9th Session of UN-APCICT’s Governing Council convenes in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 October 2014

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) will organize the 9th Session of its Governing Council in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 October.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Case Studies of the Academy of ICT Essentials  for Government Leaders

Monitoring and Evaluation Case Studies of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders

The rapid uptake of the Academy programme across Asia and the Pacific region called for a comprehensive and streamlined approach to monitoring and evaluating the progress and achievements of the Academy programme, so as to better manage outputs and outcomes and improve future programme implementation. In response to this need, APCICT developed a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework in 2010, and subsequently, the Academy M&E Toolkit in 2013. The Toolkit aims to provide national and sub-regional partners with practical, step-by-step guidelines for monitoring and evaluating the Academy programme by helping the partners map out, customize and strengthen M&E plans and systems in their organizations.

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UN-APCICT enhances disaster risk reduction human capacity building efforts in the Philippines

UN-APCICT enhances disaster risk reduction human capacity building efforts in the Philippines

On 11-12 July, UN-APCICT held a two-day workshop in Malaybalay City, Philippines, on the use of ICT for disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change and green growth.

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Social Influence in Mobile Phone Adoption: Evidence from the Bottom of the Pyramid in Emerging Asia

This article attempts to quantitatively measure the various influences on mobile phone adoption at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Thailand. Based on an existing theoretical framework, adoption is modeled by fitting a logit model to a large sixcountry dataset. The study finds evidence for the importance of social influence in mobile adoption in two modes: one that exerts pressure on individuals to adopt, and another that helps to generate benefits via social networks that are tied in with economic and business networks. The article elaborates on the resulting social policy implications for using mobile telephone services to fight poverty at the BoP in these and similar countries.

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UN-APCICT promotes ICT for development education for youth in Asia-Pacific

UN-APCICT promotes ICT for development education for youth in Asia-Pacific

On 15-18 April, 2014, UN-APCICT organized its Regional Training of Trainers Workshop on Primer Series 2 on “Project Management and Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD)” and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of the Primer Programme in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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APCICT co-organizes workshop on ICT for Disaster Risk Management in the Philippines

APCICT co-organizes workshop on ICT for Disaster Risk Management in the Philippines

On 3-5 February 2014, APCICT will co-organized a workshop on ICT for Disaster Risk Management with the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) of the Philippines in order to address the urgent needs of improving the capacity of the country to more effectively respond to disaster situations and of enhancing its disaster risk reduction efforts.

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Mobile Applications for Agriculture and Rural Development (May 2012)

Mobile applications in general and mobile applications for agricultural and rural development (m-ARD apps) in particular hold significant potential for advancing development. Though there have been many studies on the mobile revolution, there is a lack of systematic trend analyses, in-depth case studies, and assessments of experiences with m-ARD apps in developing countries. Thus this report examines their development impact, ecosystems, and business models to provide an analytical framework for policymakers and development practitioners. The framework is designed to help them understand how these applications can be used to improve services for rural residents in these countries and support enabling environments for innovative m-ARD apps. The report summarizes a study of 92 m-ARD apps in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. It also presents the findings of 15 detailed case studies of such apps in Kenya, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

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ASEAN Sub-regional Workshop and Technical Talks on ICTD for youth conducted in the Philippines

ASEAN Sub-regional Workshop and Technical Talks on ICTD for youth conducted in the Philippines

Over 350 students, trainers, and educators will gather in Manila for a series of United Nations led events aiming to enhance information and communication technology for development (ICTD) capacity for youth in the Philippines and the ASEAN sub-region.

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Philippines (NCC-NCI) - Enterprise Architecture & eServices Strategic Planning

Philippines (NCC-NCI): Enterprise Architecture & eServices Strategic Planning

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APCICT Partner gathers youth to strengthen ICT for Development in the Philippines

APCICT Partner gathers youth to strengthen ICT for Development in the Philippines

On 28 June, the National Computer Institute (NCI), one of two UN-APCICT/ESCAP partners in the Philippines, conducted a series of technology talks entitled “Empowering the Youth Through ICT” for 200 secondary and university students.

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Strengthening Rural Livelihoods: The impact of information and communication technologies in Asia

Strengthening Rural Livelihoods: The impact of information and communication technologies in Asia

This capacity buidling publication includes a compilation of several articles written by different authors on the activation of ICT resources in low-income agricultural communities. The articles discuss the effect that ICT, such as cell phone technology, is having on people’s lives in countries across Asia, includeing China, the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka.

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UN and the Philippines expand capacity building programme to leverage ICT for national development

UN and the Philippines expand capacity building programme to leverage ICT for national development

Over 150 senior government officials and representatives of academia join APCICT and NCI for meeting on information and communication technology (ICT) capacity development in the Philippines.

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What’s Ahead@APCICT in March 2011

What’s [email protected] in March 2011

APCICT to extend ICT capacity development programme to more beneficiaries in Myanmar and the Philippines

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Using Mobile Phones to Improve Educational Outcomes: An Analysis of Evidence from Asia

Despite improvements in educational indicators, such as enrolment, significant challenges remain with regard to the delivery of quality education in developing countries, particularly in rural and remote regions. In the attempt to find viable solutions to these challenges, much hope has been placed in new information and communication technologies (ICTs), mobile phones being one example. This article reviews the evidence of the role of mobile phone-facilitated mLearning in contributing to improved educational outcomes in the developing countries of Asia by exploring the results of six mLearning pilot projects that took place in the Philippines, Mongolia, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh.

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ICTD Case Study 1: ICT Human Capacity Building for Development

ICTD Case Study 1: ICT Human Capacity Building for Development

The first issue of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development’s (APCICT) ICTD Case Study Series, ICT Human Capacity Building for Development discusses the experiences of ICTD practitioners who have partnered with APCICT to roll-out the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy). The Academy, APCICT’s flagship programme, is designed to equip government officials and policymakers with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage ICT solutions for socio-economic development. Case Study 1 shares the lessons learned by Academy partners in rolling-out the Academy in their own countries, including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Island Countries.

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Looking Ahead: The Development of Information Management in Asia’s Public Sector

Looking Ahead: The Development of Information Management in Asia’s Public Sector

The paper explores several areas linked to information management systems throughout Asia Pacific, and reveals a strong general trend towards improved management systems. It also highlights the massive growth of data that governments are required to keep and the challenge of keeping up with expected future growth.

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The Philippines Uses APCICT’s Academy to Boost ICT Capacity: Government officials receive ICT for development training in Naga City on 16-23 July 2009

The Philippines Uses APCICT’s Academy to Boost ICT Capacity: Government officials receive ICT for development training in Naga City on 16-23 July 2009

Under the CESB's Executive Leadership Programme, a training course was held on 16-23 July 2009 in Naga City, Philippines, which included a track dedicated to the Filipino version of APCICT's Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders.

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UN Works with the Philippines to Close the Digital Divide: Government officials receive ICT for development training in Tagaytay City on 17-19 February

UN Works with the Philippines to Close the Digital Divide: Government officials receive ICT for development training in Tagaytay City on 17-19 February

APCICT has teamed up with the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) and the Development Academy of the Philippines to hold an inaugural national training of trainers workshop, in Tagaytay City, from 17-19 February. The training is part of APCICT’s Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme, a specially designed course that provides a comprehensive ICT for development curriculum.

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Content Development by Communities: Case Studies in the Philippines

This paper is a technical study of three cases of community-based content development in the Philippines, namely: 1) the Molave Development Foundation's production of the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Modules with the Maguinda Community; 2) the participatory video projects for the community by the University of the Philippines' College of Social Work and Community Development, PATAMABA and Sony Japan; and, 3) the e-Knowledge Public Domain Pilot Project in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City by the Philippine Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), UNESCO and Intel. This paper examines the methodologies these projects employed to train community members to develop content through ICT-enabled tools. It also surveys the different modes of community participation in developing this content, and determines key lessons learned so as to contribute to the enhancement of government policy on content development for communities.

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High Impact, Pro-Poor e-Governance Applications: Identifying 'Killer Applications' and Best Practice Models of e-Governance through Community e-Centers in the Philippines

The purpose of the study is to find a way to identify services that genuinely make a difference to people in their interactions with Governments. The expected outcome is increased impact and utilization of e-governance and e-government services in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific over the longer term. This study is a collaboration between the Commission of ICT in the Philippines, UNDP Philippines and UNDP-APDIP.

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Towards Universal Internet Access in the Philippines

The Philippine government has recognized the importance of providing universal Internet access and, through various international instruments and national policy documents, has committed to provide community-based Internet access by 2010. This paper provides a review of existing policies and strategies, as well as good global practice on universal access. To ensure this paper responds truly to the needs of the country, a multi-stakeholder Study Group was organized to review and comment on the paper.

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Developing Content for the Community

Developing Content for the Community

This case study details the e-Knowledge Public Domain project that aims to extend the use of Community e-Centers in the Philippines from simply being a means to access information to becoming local knowledge production centres. The strategy is to develop appropriate ICT skills in communities to enable community members to create relevant digital content. As its first activity, the project worked with the residents of Payatas – a poor community in Quezon City, to help address their health information needs.This case study assessed the situation in the target community, the implementation strategy and the outcome of the project.

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The Innovative Use of Mobile Applications in the Philippines: Lessons for Africa

Mobile phones are now the primary form of telecommunication in developing countries and they are used for communications, information and, more recently, access to a range of services from m-Banking to m-Education and m-Governance. The transformation of society by mobile telephony, and especially mobile applications, is perhaps most profound in the Philippines. This publication digs deeper into the Philippine experience and attempts to identify best practices and lessons learned.

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Philippine Community eCenter Portal

This portal is rich with training resources for telecentre managers and operators, as well as for trainers of telecentre staff. The portal include training resources on: telecentre management; marketing/business plan preparation; technical requirements and maintenance; women's use of telecentres; monitoring and evaluation; and basic IT skills.

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Philippine ICT Roadmap

The roadmap outlines the guiding principles for the use of ICT for socio-economic development in the Philippines. It also discusses strategic programmes and initiatives for ICT related to: ensuring universal access to ICT; developing human capital; e-governance to promote efficiency and transparency in government; strategic business development to enhance competitiveness in the global ICT market; and the legal and policy agenda for the Philippine ICT sector.

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Mobile Telephony as an Enabler of Environmental Action in the Philippines

This study discusses the use of mobile telephony, particularly, SMS-based initiatives to promote awareness and involve citizens in advancing environmental protectionin the Philippines. The study also provides information on ICTs in the Philippines with focus on mobile communication as well as case studies on previous and current ICT-based public programmes.

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Mapping Ict4d Projects In The Philippines

This paper provides an inventory of information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) projects in the Philippines. It serves as a contribution to the task expected of governments and stakeholders from the World Summit on the Information Society to promote ICT4D. This includes developing reliable information on successful experiences of mainstreaming ICTs in various development sectors.

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E-governance at the Local Government Level in the Philippines: An Assessment of City Government Websites

The study is focused on the extent local governments in the Philippines have implemented e-governance using websites as their medium. The study used the available resources and services that city governments provide to citizens and other groups in society through their websites. The focus of this research is the content of the websites, with cities as the representative local government units.

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e-Government in the Philippines: Benchmarking Against Global Best Practices

This resource focuses on e-government applications in the Philippines with cross references to other countries like Singapore and India. It also touches on specific processes (initiatives) of how the Philippines is adapting e-Governance and other strategies to be considered for further adaptation.

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Building Institutional Capacity in Asia - Alleviating the Digital Divide: Policy Recommendations for Malaysia, Thailand, The Philppines, Vietnam (Executive Summary)

This report examines the evolving Asian ICT environment using a comparative framework. It undertakes an audit of the ICT initiatives in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Data collection involved in this report has been supplemented by interviews with senior policy leaders and executives from key government and research agencies.

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Philippines National Information Technology Plan for the 21st Century (IT21)

This National Information Technology Plan presents the Philippines' broad strategy to spur itself to global competitiveness through information technology. This plan sets down specific time frames for achieving these goals:

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Executive Summary: National Information Technology Plan 2000 of the Philippines

The National Information Technology Plan 2000 documents an overall strategy to spur the country to global competitiveness through Information Technology diffusion.

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