Japan has agreed to help the Philippines boost its information technology cooperation to better equip Manila in dealing with disasters and national calamities.
Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo said in a press conference on Monday that technology “can save many lives during emergencies.”
He noted how the Philippines is constantly being hit by typhoons and natural calamities.
“By the time the next typhoon comes in, which will be around July, we are ready to embark on a working level activity in order to materialize on this objective,” he said.
The agreement between the Japanese government and the Philippines, through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will allow the use of the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting following Manila’s adoption of Tokyo’s Integrated Services Digital Broadcast-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard.
The ISDB-T technology is an early warning broadcasting system that can activate a television set when it is turned off. When in an emergency, the TV will “allow viewers to receive emergency disaster-related information via their television screen.”
Japan’s contribution to the Philippines’ development of ICT is believed to give solution to social problems in various fields that include disaster management, education, health and national reconciliation.
Japan will also help the Philippines address the “accelerated evolution of digital convergence” in a timely and effective manner.
Shindo said his ministry and the DOST “will encourage the development of cooperation and exchanges of experiences and best practices in the field of ICT between business, research and development, educational institutions, government policy and regulatory agencies and other organizations.”
These will include the development of a memorandum of cooperation for the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting between Tokyo and Manila, enhancement of ICT in disaster risk reduction and management program and activities and the formulation and implementation of ICT policies in the field of cyber and information securities “to protect cyber security and information networks.
There will also be cooperation and exchanges in promoting and enhancing cyber security strategies and programs, as well as counteracting illegal cyber activities, including the protection of vulnerable groups, especially children.
The two countries will also promote a safe, secure and trusted online environment for the provision of “effective, efficient and equitable public services.”