Action on ICT Measures Sought

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Action on ICT Measures Sought


Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said yesterday he is pushing for the development of information and communication technology (ICT) as a means to fight poverty and bring about modernization and its benefits.

"Today we have come to understand that knowledge itself is a precious commodity and that he who can bring knowledge to the most people at the greatest speed and the least cost will rule the new economy," Drilon said in a speech at the commencement exercises of the Technological Institute of the Philippine at the PICC.

He urged government and the academe to act now. "We have very little time to lose" as other Asian countries like India, China, and Vietnam are fast moving to reap the windfall of ICT, he said.

"I cannot over emphasize the fact that we cannot afford to be complacent," Drilon said. "In this highly competitive global economy, we must find and we must learn to use every means at our disposal to turn our talents into income with which we can support our families and build a better and stronger nation for our children."

To boost ICT development, Drilon is batting for the passage of a package of measures pending in the chamber, including the following:

- An act requiring the inclusion of computer education in the curriculum of all public and state-owned secondary schools nationwide.

- An act to integrate 100 institutions supervised by the Commission on Higher Education into a Polytechnic State College of the Philippines.

- An act providing for the establishment of congressional, city, and municipal libraries, and barangay reading centers throughout the country employing the latest computer and electronic technology library. …

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