Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

NTC, UNICEF and Telecommunications Sector collaborate to protect Filipinos online and offline

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are working with the telecommunications sector to ensure the security of parents and children both online and offline amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Steps necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis, including enhanced community quarantine and lockdown measures, have made citizens turn increasingly to the internet for information and entertainment.

Many families are suffering under the economic burden that the control measures have brought on. The slowdown of industry, uptake of services and consumption of goods has had adverse effects on the income of large sections of the population.

In such as situation parents and children can become more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse both online and offline.

This was communicated by UNICEF in a letter to the NTC.

With the safety of parents and children in mind, the NTC has extended its support to UNICEF in spreading information to protect families at this crucial time.

The telecommunications sector has also committed to play a part. Service providers will be sending out text blasts with key messages. The text blast will run from April 7 until April 9, 2020.

The messages encourage subscribers to visit and for information and tips on how to support parents and children in managing the impact of COVID-19.

The above website of UNICEF – – contains UNICEF’s various programs, research and reports on issues affecting Filipino children, stories of beneficiaries, as well as ways people can help.

At present, the website also includes the latest updates and news on COVID-19, UNICEF’s initiatives on helping children affected by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as advice for parents and families on coping with the current situation.

SaferkidsPH, is an initiative of UNICEF, the Australian Embassy, Save the Children, and The Asia Foundation. Their website has information on how to reduce and prevent online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines.

Department of Information and Communications Technology, under which NTC falls, has expressed its appreciation of UNICEF’s initiative in reaching out to the government to help protect the nation’s children from online and offline threats.

Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said, “The DICT appreciates the proactive stance of UNICEF. From our side, we assure them and the public, in general, that DICT will continue to perform its cybersecurity duties to ensure the safety of all Filipinos, especially our children, amidst this crisis.”

OpenGov has earlier reported on the initiatives that DICT has taken to increase connectivity and provide access to educational material during the corona crisis.

As part of its initiatives to make the country safer during the testing times, DICT has provided data privacy protection and cybersecurity to

DICT has assured the public that the is compliant with data privacy requirements and has undergone the agency’s preliminary cybersecurity tests before its kick-off on Monday, April 6, 2020. is the government’s initiative to fast track movement and access of frontline workers and priority vehicles during the enhanced community quarantine. The system is QR code-based.

DICT Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines, Emmanuel Rey Caintic, confirmed that the underwent an initial Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT).

Caintic said, “As the country’s primary policymaker, administrator, and champion of information and communications technology, the DICT welcomes the development of the RapidPass System as an invaluable contribution to digital solutions-building in the time of COVID-19.”

DICT has asked DEVCON to ensure that all the findings from the VAPT have been addressed. The DICT Cybersecurity Bureau will also continue the conduct of VAPT on the system and monitor its servers for possible threats.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.