MANILA, October 29, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched on Oct. 28 a new project to increase digital connectivity in the Philippines, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said in a press statement today.
The five-year, Php1.65-billion ($33 million) Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) project will promote economic growth via better information and communications technology (ICT), helping bridge the digital divide in the country, said the statement emailed to the Philippine Muslim Today news.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for expanded digital infrastructure and broadband connectivity,” said USAID Philippines Acting Mission Director Sean Callahan. “We are pleased to partner with the Philippine government, private sector, and other organizations to accelerate the country’s economic growth and regional competitiveness by supporting a stronger, more competitive digital ecosystem.”
Through the BEACON project, USAID will help improve the Philippines’ ICT and logistics infrastructure; strengthen the regulatory, business, and innovation environment; and bolster cybersecurity.
To help bridge the digital divide in the Philippines, BEACON will assist the government in automation and digitization efforts, and support community networks to expand low-cost internet access for underserved communities.
BEACON supports the Philippines’ national strategies and the U.S. government’s goal to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific region through an enhanced digital connectivity.
The United States government has been a key development champion in the Philippines for six decades, working with individuals, communities, and the government to improve everyday lives. (With story from U.S. Embassy)