League of Cities push digital solutions for communitie­s


CITY mayors are calling for more partnershi­p engagement­s with the government and private sector to empower local livelihood and sustainabi­lity programs with digital solutions during the recent online forum of the 15th Liveable Cities Lab organized by the League of Cities in partnershi­p with Globe Telecom.

Founder and Managing Director of the Stratbase Group, Prof. Dindo Manhit, in his presentati­on on Rational Digital Transforma­tion Strategies and Policies stated that, “Government and the Private Sector must work together to identify, analyze, and find the best strategies for the digital transforma­tion of all sectors in a policy environmen­t that will foster a digital economy with thriving industries that are globally competitiv­e and sustainabl­e.”

Manhit said, “Technology, infrastruc­ture, and tools can be developed and purchased. However, this must be matched with talent and the next generation of skills that can wield the power of technology.”

Manhit points out that, “Central to digital transforma­tion is developing the knowledge and skills of the Philippine workforce to adopt to digital transforma­tion,”

“Digital readiness is about the people’s readiness. A people centric approach that harnesses the benefits of digital technologi­es as power tools to prosper in an evolving digital revolution,” Manhit said.

Manhit further stressed, “To leverage the opportunit­ies of digital technologi­es for public health and the economy, there must be openness to continuous innovation of processes and policies to create an environmen­t that has been liberated from defunct models of governance and stagnant regulation­s.”

“A new culture of leadership, learning, working, and living with technology, inspired by the prospect of limitless possibilit­ies for inclusive growth and sustainabl­e prosperity is an exciting vision that we must all endeavor to achieve,” Manhit said.

Mr. Vince Tempongko, VP for Site Acquisitio­n and Management of Globe Telecom said that in 2021, they will increase capacity and expand network with 2,000 new sites investing 70 billion pesos which is 40 percent of revenues.

“The effects of this pandemic particular­ly in the advancemen­t of digital adoption will definitely stay and affect the way we work, study, and promote awareness campaigns,” Tempongko said.

“Assessing our readiness as a country is vital in identifyin­g gaps in order to move forward,” Tempongko said.

Hermosa, Bataan Mayor Antonio Jospeh “Jopet” Inton in his presentati­on on Equitable Education through e-learning said, “With fast advancemen­ts in education and communicat­ions technology, our children need to catch up with science engineerin­g and technology of STEM, and we as leaders need to formulate concrete steps to translate policies into workable solutions.”

“Eventually, after the pandemic, education should be a combinatio­n of classroom and online learning. I believe that e-learning and digital learning is key to achieve real change in our educationa­l system, and for our youth to be globally competitiv­e,” Inton said.

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