Cisco launches PH digital acceleration program

Published December 21, 2020, 5:00 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Global technology leader, Cisco,  launched UGNAYAN 2030, a collaboration with government leaders, industry, and the academe to build the country’s digital resilience.

UGNAYAN 2030 is part of Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program. 

Karrie Ilagan, Managing Director of Cisco Philippines

Strategically aligned with the national digital agenda of the Philippines, UGNAYAN 2030 will  launch key digitization initiatives to boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), create jobs, and promote innovation as well as next-generation skills development.

Cisco’s CDA team collaborates with national and state governments worldwide to accelerate their national digitization agendas.

With UGNAYAN 2030, Cisco is  creating a platform on which existing, ongoing, and upcoming ICT-related plans can be enacted.

While “There’s a lot of talk about digital transformation this year, there are many missing pieces before we even begin to consider ourselves digitally transformed,” says Karrie Ilagan, Managing Director of Cisco Philippines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic  highlighted the importance of digital resilience, not just for companies, but also for the overall economy, and the need to focus on it urgently,” she added.

“Institutions from the public and private sectors have written up several plans and created roadmaps for the country’s digital journey, but there is an urgent need to implement these plans now due to COVID-19 ” Ilagan urged.

“Organizations know what to do, but the real challenge is being able to do it.”

Cisco aims to bridge three impediments: uneven access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) resources, weak cross-organizational structure and ICT adoption, along with limited expertise and manpower.

Through UGNAYAN 2030, Cisco is investing in technologies, infrastructure, tools, knowledge and expertise to empower  stakeholders to transform digitally.

Overall, Cisco has 3 flagship projects under UGNAYAN 2030: Connectivity in building a high-speed information highway; Collaboration in building an integrated, inclusive ecosystem; and Cybersecurity.

Together, these 3 can build the foundation of digital resilience in the Philippines.

“We are committed to building an inclusive future where no one is left behind,” says Naveen Menon, President of Cisco ASEAN.

Cisco’s CDA Program plays a key role in this commitment by developing strategic partnerships with governments across the world.

Now officially active in 37 countries, encompassing two-thirds of the world’s population, 75 per cent of global GDP, with over 900 projects completed, CDA initiatives align with a nation’s priorities and bring digital solutions to social challenges.

Key projects under UGNAYAN 2030 include a Cisco-PLDT Joint Private 5G Trial, an end-to-end incubation platform where enterprise and vertical industries can develop relevant use cases on 5G.

Second a Cisco-ACCESS Health Research, an in-depth study to examine the status of digital technology integration in primary care.

Cisco collaborates with the Department of Health, providing  virtual meeting and communication solutions to enable healthcare practitioners to deliver services remotely.

On the other hand,”Konektado” provides user-friendly disaster response suite of communication solutions for non-technical people.

In the field of Digital Learning, Cisco is collaborating with PLDT to connectil schools via mobile bus so students can access the internet and online modules in the Department of Education portal.

Its Baguio Smart City is a full build-out of a new, state-of-the-art Command Center, serving as the city’s eyes and ears to ensure that citizens and visitors have a safe and enjoyable stay

Its Cybersecurity Management Framework is an assessment of the COVID-19 Interagency Task Force, measuring, managing, and reducing cybersecurity risks.

“We’ve never been as busy as we have been than this year, but the speed of innovation not just by Cisco but also our ecosystem partners is something we’ve never seen before,” Ilagan observed.

“We’re building on that momentum to make a lasting impact on the Philippine economy.”