The Philippine delegation, led by ICT Secretary Ivan John E Uy, has received major global awards for its exceptional information & communications technology projects during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2023, held on March 14, 2023.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recognized the delegation for its Cybersecurity education program and two other ICT projects.
Out of 900 competing entries, the project “Cybersecurity Education in the Philippines in the Face of New Normal Adversities” of DICT Region IX & BASULTA was one of the 18 winners. This project has equipped over 70,000+ Filipinos on Cybersafety, Data Privacy, and other related topics through onsite, online, and on-demand modalities.
Asec. Maria Teresa M. Camba, Assistant Secretary for Regional Development and concurrent Officer-in-charge of DICT IX BASULTA, shared: “The CyberSecurity program conducted various advocacy activities and training on CyberSecurity to ensure the safety of Filipinos online, especially during the pandemic when most people relied on the internet for entertainment, education, work, business, health, and even social activities.”
This win marks the fourth consecutive year that DICT IX and BASULTA have won the award from the worldwide competition. The projects recognized from the previous years were “Zamboanga Digital Hub” in 2020, “Enabling Educators in Remote Teaching and Learning Training Program” in 2021, and “Free WiFi for All in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas in Western Mindanao” in 2022.
DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy expressed his gratitude to DICT’s partners and colleagues for their commitment and efforts to advance ICT for the benefit of the country and the global community.
“This recognition is a testament to our commitment to promoting and advancing ICT innovation and excellence in the government sector. We accept the challenge that this award presents and we will continue to strive for excellence in our work,” said Uy during his acceptance speech.
The WSIS Prizes is a global contest where exceptional ICT projects are recognized for their support in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.