The need to hasten the building of digital infrastructures has become more crucial than ever. As the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the immense value of digital connectivity for survival, the Philippines should transform and be open to new ways of doing business to be globally competitive. Emerging new technologies could only be maximized in the presence of digital infrastructures that would enable their growth and acceleration. Ultimately, these kinds of investments are key to bridging the digital divide and pursuing broad-based prosperity. At this point, nobody should be left behind.
On top of these, investments are naturally drawn to areas with essential infrastructures in place, such as roads and internet connectivity.
In this light, the Stratbase ADR Institute, in partnership with CitizenWatch Philippines, organized its third virtual business roundtable discussion this year, entitled “Promoting Broad-Based Prosperity Through Digital Infrastructure,” which was held on 7 September 2022, Wednesday, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Manila Time) via Zoom Webinar.
This forum served as a platform for the country’s top industry players to share their insights on the need to improve not only the quality of digital services, but also the access thereof to millions of Filipinos. The event will also explore the effectiveness of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure development, especially since PPPs have proven to be an integral component of the growth equation as no single player possesses all the necessary resources for development. But then again, a policy environment that is conducive for investments and innovations to thrive must be in place.
Indeed, heightened collaboration can create a more competitive digital ecosystem, thereby attracting more investments and accelerating the country’s overall economic growth.
Introduction and Opening Remarks
Prof. Victor Andres “Dindo” C. Manhit
President, Stratbase ADR Institute
Accelerating Economic Growth Through Tech-Driven Development
Engr. Derick Dimla
Manager and Head of Network Technology Innovations, Globe Telecom
Creating a Digitized and Competitive Philippines
Mr. John R. Gonzales
First Vice President, Enterprise Digital Solutions, PLDT;
Chief Commercial Officer, ePLDT
Advancing Business and Communities Through Digital Infrastructure
Ms. Cosette V. Canilao
President & CEO, Aboitiz InfraCapital
Digital Transformation: Key to Bridging the Digital Divide
Mr. Peter Maquera
CEO, Microsoft Philippines
The Need for Connectivity in Advancing the Digital Economy
Dr. S. Ismail Shah
Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, APAC Meta
Mr. Orlando O. Oxales
Convenor, CitizenWatch Philippines