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The government’s linchpin role in embracing innovation builds upon ICT as the currency of the digital economy. And for this objective, the NICTEF will be an authoritative reference source, as well as a living document that shall be updated periodically with the latest plans, programs and projects, including recent indicators, accomplishments, outcomes and results.

The NICTEF also contextualizes strategies in light of connectivity masterplans and best practices to benchmark the pace of development within the region and identify trends and timelines to promote a holistic approach to the adoption of the ecosystem paradigm. The framework provides avenues to synchronize policy formulation, evolution of technology, and regulatory regimes to pave the ground for ICT inclusion in various government processes, and society in general. Centers of excellence and sectoral champions are identified to lead industry growth through compliance with global standards.

To synergize diverse industries and manage ICT for convergent platforms, it is high time that the Philippines adopt the NICTEF building upon its predecessor, the Philippine Digital Strategy (PDS) 2011-2016, as a complementary planning tool in fostering the development of a digital economy. It is with this sense of confidence that the administration advocates for trailblazing multi-disciplinary innovation, operationalizing emerging technologies, and updating the ICT diaspora nationwide.


Values – We belong to an ICT ecosystem that values innovation, sustainability, inclusiveness, adaptiveness and happiness.

Vision – Empowered and inspired by the strategic trends in our robust ICT ecosystem, we envision equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development in our society, and improved quality of life for our country’s citizens and residents.

Mission – We will achieve this by providing information and communication technologies that can be safely and securely used in digitally transforming the delivery of goods and services, researching and enabling ICT-driven innovations, fostering responsive and creative industries, and catalyzing participative communities of future-ready citizens and residents.


The National ICT Ecosystem is comprised of several interdependent framework elements:

  • Human Capital: Talents and Skills – the individuals who access the applications, services, content and data that are provided by the players in the ICT ecosystem.
  • Affordable Access and Devices – the interfaces through which humans access the applications, services, content and data – these may include wearable devices, cellphones, laptops, desktop computers, internet cafes, and other similar devices or venues.
  • Platforms (Apps/Services and Content/Data) – these are the solutions (or portions of a solution) which are accessed by users in the ecosystem in order to achieve equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development in our society, and potentially to improve their quality of life.
  • Infostructure/Infrastructure – these are the physical and logical components which collectively perform the function of providing secure connectivity between the users, their devices, and the platform which they are accessing.
  • Standards, Regulation, and Policies – these provide the boundaries which will allow for the players and elements within the ecosystem to safely and productively inter-connect and inter-operate.


The players in the ICT ecosystem will most probably find themselves impacted by several trends that they will need to consider. These trends include:

  • Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • 5G Networks
  • Smart Cities
  • Intelligent Transport
  • Financial Technology
  • Health Informatics
  • Cyber Resilience
  • Future Skills
  • Capacity Building


NICTEF identifies the following six (6) areas mirroring the digital transformation strategies of the government for sustainable development of the ICT ecosystem. This include:

  • Participatory e-Governance
    This thrust on participatory e-governance seeks to deepen citizen participation in the governmental processes by examining the assumptions and practices of the traditional view that generally hinders the realization of a genuine participatory democracy. The thrust also addresses the inter-related questions of citizen competence, empowerment, and capacity building, and evaluates the impact of participatory governance on service delivery, social equity, and political representation.
  • Industry and Countryside Development
    This thrust takes into consideration quantity, quality and scalability of talent, availability of infrastructure, competitive cost of doing business, government support and business environment in sustaining the benefits and addressing the challenges of the digital economy.  By bringing ICT to the countryside, it will aid in achieving an inclusive economic growth in the country.
  • Resource-Sharing and Capacity Building Through ICT
    This thrust brings in focus the essentials to the development and protection of integrated government ICT infrastructures and design architecture, taking into consideration the inventory of existing workforce, plans, programs, software, hardware, and installed systems, while advocating for continuing professional development by means of digital tools and enabling traditional ones with ICT and enhancing the ICT-related education curriculum.
  • Improved Public Links and Connectivity
    Reflecting on a previous ITU study, which said: “The higher penetration of broadband, the more important is its contribution to economic growth,” which also makes for “a positive contribution of broadband to job creation in developed and developing countries”, this thrust covers discussion on leveraging connectivity to streamline business processes, reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies and  enterprises drive innovation to move the focus from a consumer driven internet to an industrial one.
  • ICT User Protection and Information Security
    This thrust considers several issues including end user computing security, information classification, file management, back-up, handling of sensitive or confidential data, responsible use of the internet including email, data protection legislation, disaster planning and system continuity. Further, this shall provide a strategic direction of making the Philippines cyber resilient and the ways to achieve such vision through knowledge management as a community of practice. After all, businesses, citizens and the government rely on the internet as the backbone of operations. This encompasses ensuring that the entities, systems, and processes involved can exchange ICT information in a safe and secure ICT environment.
  • Enabling and Sustainable ICT Environment
    This track explores how the Internet and the ICT and related research communities can help tackle environmental challenges in the country through more environmentally sustainable models of economic development, and examines the status of current and emerging environmentally friendly technologies, equipment and applications in supporting programs aimed at addressing climate change and improving energy efficiency, including digital divide between gender groups and ensure that the benefits of ICT are evenly accessible to all.


In order to measure the progress of the ecosystem, the following indicators were selected.

  • Network Readiness Index [World Economic Forum]
  • ICT Development Index [International Telecommunications Union]
  • Digital Adoption Index [World Bank]
  • Freedom on the Net Index [Freedom House]
  • World Digital Competitiveness Ranking [IMD World Competitiveness Center]
  • Affordability Drivers Index [Alliance for Affordable Internet]
  • Inclusive Internet Index [Economist Intelligence Unit]
  • E-Government Development Index [United Nations]

A copy of the National ICT Ecosystem Framework can be downloaded through this link.

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