DTI Sec Ramon Lopez

MAAARING maging susunod na technological leader sa Southeast Asia ang Pilipinas dahil umangkop ang mga Pinoy sa digital technology sa gitna ng pandemya, ayon kay Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

“The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is one with the Digital Pilipinas Movement in believing that the Philippines can be a future technological leader in Southeast Asia. And like everyone here, we know this can only be achieved with a whole-of-society approach  –that is, all of us working together to build back better in the post-pandemic tomorrow,” wika ni Lopez sa launching ng Digital Pilipinas Movement kahapon.

Tinukoy rin niya ang mga numero na nagpapatunay na ang bansa ay “binuo para sa e-commerce”.

Sinabi ni Lopez na base sa 2021 Digital Report, ang Pilipinas ay nananatiling ‘top user’ ng internet at social media sa buong mundo.

Idinagdag pa niya na ang paggamit ng e-commerce sa bansa ay tumaas sa 80.2 percent ngayong taon mula sa 70 percent noong 2019 at 76 percent noong 2020.

“We saw this especially last year, with e-commerce coming to our rescue during the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Many online businesses filled the void left by brick-and-mortar businesses affected by the community lockdowns. Online retail, delivery services, online entertainment, digital services, telehealth, work from home arrangements, digital payments — all of these helped us in the past year and continue to do so until now,” ani Lopez.

Ipinarerehistro rin ng mga negosyante ang kanilang mga negosyo sa pamamagitan ng online platforms at mas pinipili ang digital payment, dagdag pa ni Lopez.

Batay sa Business Name Registration Next Generation System ng DTI,  ang retail trade registration, sa kasalukuyan, ay umabot na sa 105,159 mula 1,848 noong January-March 2020, na pre-pandemic period.

“In 2020, more than half of total applications for Business Name registration and other related transactions were processed within eight minutes and 83 percent within an hour. We also saw a shift in the business payment preferences of many of our applicants for Business Names, which saw 67-percent registration fees made via online payment gateways versus the traditional over-the-counter or DTI cashier method,” ayon pa sa DTI chief. PNA


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