Andanar pushes for stronger technology links among ASEAN nations

MANILA Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday pushed for stronger links in the area of technology among countries in the Southeast Asia region.

"Would developing economies of developing countries have the logistics to move into the high-end platforms of the more advanced nations? This is where cooperative ventures and partnerships become the best possible manner by which the sharing of technology among the nations of our region can achieve an ideal regional landscape of government-to-government synchronicity," Andanar said in his speech at the Asia Media Summit 2019 in Cambodia.

Andanar said enhanced cooperation in the field of technology will be beneficial to citizens of partnering countries.

"At best, all our peoples would be served and elevated to an understanding of each country's life, culture, politics, economics, and the binding spirit of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)," he said.

Andanar cited the importance of technology in communication and information dissemination.

"Technological advancements serve as tools for communication and information dissemination, because of the speed, the clarity, the algorithmic convergence of simultaneous events, the simulcasts of occurrences, the instantaneous reportage as the coverage is happening, the facilities for recording, editing, reproduction and storage, and several other sophisticated applications that are already possible," he said.

Andanar said these advancements serve the media, specifically the broadcast industry, on saving time and even effort, in both administration and management.

The PCOO chief also allayed fears on the use of new technologies.

"We should not be apprehensive about the adaptation to new technologies," he said.

"New technologies will always be advancing, well beyond our capabilities to decipher, the increasingly complex operations of the zeros and the ones in our computers. The state-of-the-art instruments we use for communication and information dissemination may be transforming the manner of transmittal, but it is only you and I, all of us, who can undertake the transformation of our lives," he added.

In the same speech, Andanar cited some of the initiatives being implemented by the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to strengthen the exchange of information in the country like the Freedom of Information executive order and the Media Security Order.

"We are most willing to share the methodology of these government policies," he said. (PCOO)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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