USAID launches new project to increase digital connectivity in the Philippines

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Manila, October 29, 2021—The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), officially launched a new project on October 28 to increase digital connectivity in the Philippines. The five-year Php 1.65 billion ($ 33 ​​million) BEACON (Better Access and Connectivity) project will promote economic growth through better information technologies and communications (ICT), thereby helping to bridge the digital divide in the Philippines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for extensive digital infrastructure and broadband connectivity,” said Sean Callahan, USAID Acting Mission Director in the Philippines. “We are delighted to partner with the Philippine government, the private sector and other organizations to accelerate the country’s economic growth and regional competitiveness by supporting a stronger and more competitive digital ecosystem.

Through the BEACON project, USAID will help improve the ICT and logistics infrastructure in the Philippines; strengthen the regulatory, business and innovation environment; and strengthen cybersecurity.

To help bridge the digital divide in the Philippines, BEACON will help the government in automation and digitization efforts, and support community networks to expand low-cost Internet access to underserved communities.

BEACON supports the Philippines’ national strategies and the U.S. government’s goal of advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region through enhanced digital connectivity.

The United States government has been a key champion of development in the Philippines for six decades, working with individuals, communities, and government to improve daily life.

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