PLDT Inc. affirmed its position as the “best to support the government’s holistic digitalization agenda,” with its digital transformation initiatives complementing the eGovPH Super App.
Its president Alfredo Panlilio said on Sunday that the group “lauds” the launch of the eGovPH Super App—a one-stop-shop platform for local and national services enabling transactions such as registration for subscriber identity modules or SIMs, services for local government units, job applications, health-care assistance, e-payments and banking services, among many others.
“We echo the sentiments of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. about maximizing use of the technologies available to us, with the eGovPH Super App expected to improve ease of doing business [or EODB] and interactions with the government,” Panlilio added.
On Friday Marcos Jr. led the launch of the aforementioned “super app,” which provides access to “simplified” government services.
Department of Information and Communications Technology chief Ivan Uy said the agency will continue to expand the available services in the all-inclusive application: “This will be a continuing process as we continually improve the system and bring together…different government agencies.”
Panlilio noted that PLDT’s digital-evolution efforts bodes well with the super app, citing the continuous expansion of its fixed-line and wireless networks: “This aligns with how we at PLDT are committed to evolving with our customers’ increasingly digital lifestyles, [while] delivering innovation to achieve our ambition of a completely connected and future-ready Philippines.”
By the end of March 2023 PLDT disclosed it had expanded its total fiber footprint to more than 1.1 million kilometers consisting of 231,000-plus kms. of international fiber and over 874,000 kms. of domestic fiber. Said fiber infrastructure also supports Smart’s 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G networks, which cover 97 percent of the country’s population.
Panlilio—a founding member of the Digital Infrastructure Group of the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC)—said PLDT will continue to invest in further developing its network to provide greater access to the Internet to more Filipinos.
This year, the telco giant has allotted between P80 billion to P85 billion in capital expenditures for its network expansion.
“Our PSAC seat permits us to provide regular policy recommendations to President Marcos, and we are grateful that he has been very engaging in initiatives specific to the nationwide expansion of internet connectivity and digitalization,” Panlilio pointed out.