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Alignment with the National and Global Development Agenda

This Roadmap aligns with and contributes to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, which:

  • Creates the foundation for an inclusive, high-trust, resilient, and globally-competitive economy;
  • Outlines strategies for the achievement of a long-term Ambisyon 2040: “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay” for all Filipinos; and
  • Reinforces the Philippine commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This roadmap specifically builds on the following strategies from PDP 2017-2022:

  • Ensuring people-centered, clean, and efficient governance (PDP chapter 5) by shifting to e-government services, adopting transparent e-procurement processes, and improving the interoperability of gov’t systems;
  • Expanding Economic Opportunities in Industry and Services through Trabaho and Negosyo (PDP chapter 9) through the engagement, education, and onboarding of MSMEs to e-commerce platforms that will give them access to additional income, services, and previously unreachable markets;
  • Increasing the growth potential (PDP chapter 13 & 14) by leveraging on our internet-active population, and providing regulations & programs that support innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship; and
  • Accelerating infrastructure development (PDP chapter 19), especially in transport, logistics, and telecommunications.

Lastly, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government’s efforts to create programs and interventions to mitigate losses after ECQ, this roadmap contributes to:

  • Educational reforms, specifically through the promotion of digital learning; and
  • Ensuring the continuity of agriculture/food production and supply chain

The importance of e-Commerce during the pandemic was further emphasized when Congress stipulated a provision in the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, mandating the DTI to accelerate and undertake massive promotion of online commerce. Pursuant to RA 11494,

Section 4, (JJ) Directing the DTI, in coordination with other implementing agencies, to accelerate and undertake massive promotion of online commerce and offer technical and financial assistance through GFIs to those engaged in e-Commerce, such as those involved in internet retail, digital financial services, digital media, and ride-hailing. These include programs that will expedite the digitalization of MSMEs and cooperatives through, training subsidies for onboarding or starter kits, wage support for new online enterprises, upskilling/reskilling and other activities as may be defined by the DTI, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), DICT, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).