The Philippines looks to transition to a "new normal" of digital transformation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has recognised the vital role of ICT by providing clearer instructions on Cloud First Policy coverage, data classification and data security to meet global standards.
The policy will cover all departments, bureaus, offices and agencies of the Executive Branch as well as state universities and colleges. The Congress, Judiciary, Independent Constitutional Commissions and Ombudsman will only be encouraged to adopt the cloud services.
The amendments in the Cloud First Policy also clarify the Government’s position on data sovereignty, which was ‘confused with the concept of data residency’ in the previous version.
In the new version, the application of Philippine laws over foreign counterparts will be asserted over the data owned or processed by the Government or any entity that has links to the Philippines.
The Philippines fell from 9th in 2018 to 11th in the 2020 Cloud Readiness Index by the Asia Cloud Computing Association. But there may be renewed optimism for a strong cloud future in the Philippines with these amendments, along with the Philippine Digital Transformation Strategy and more connectivity coming from DITO’s new data center.
What do you think it takes to make a successful Cloud First Policy? Is The Philippines on the right track?