As the country transitions from a “response” to a “resilience” phase in its digital journey, Cisco said it is committed to powering an inclusive future for businesses and individuals.
Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program is a strategic partnership with government leadership, industry, and academia to accelerate countries’ national digital agendas and create new value for a country, its industries, and its people. Today, CDA is present in 44 countries, with over 1,400 active or completed projects.
The CDA program in the Philippines takes the form of UGNAYAN 2030, which aims to build greater digital resilience and is designed to address the gaps the Philippines is facing including uneven access to ICT resources, weak cross-organization structure, and adoption of technologies and limited expertise and manpower. Since its launch in 2020, UGNAYAN 2030 has completed numerous projects under key pillars of connectivity, collaboration and cybersecurity.
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Cisco and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to power DICT’s E-Government Masterplan under Cisco’s CDA “collaboration pillar,” with the aim of enabling a harmonized, interoperable, and integrated government ICT infrastructure.
“We are confident of this partnership. The initiative is set to enhance the government’s ability to collaborate more effectively and will help boost the government’s drive toward digital transformation,” said DICT Secretary Ivan Uy.
“We are delighted to further our long-standing relationship with DICT by providing them with the means to collaborate without compromising on security,” said Zaza Soriano-Nicart. “We look forward to harnessing our rich ecosystem and expertise in working with government agencies globally to help build a future-ready ecosystem in the Philippines through the deployment of innovative technology and solutions, starting with our secure collaboration portfolio to power hybrid work.”
Under the partnership, Cisco will provide collaboration tools such as Webex boards, room kits, and licenses, as well as integrated security solutions to bolster DICT’s security posture. This aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public service, enhance inter-agency collaboration through digitization, and empower public servants to concentrate on their mandates by reducing stress levels on traffic congestion and complex platforms.
In photo: Zaza Soriano- Nicart, Managing Director, Cisco Philippines |Tay Bee Kheng, President, Cisco ASEAN | Sec. Ivan John Uy, DICT | Undersec. Paul Joseph Mercado, DICT- Special Concerns
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