Gov’t-private sector ties secured ITU seat for RP—execs

Philippine government executives that led the campaign to secure a coveted seat in the ITU council state member say strong ties with the private sector helped them win it. reports.

“Winning the ITU seat was due to the strong government and private sector partnership. Finally, the voice of the Philippines was heard,” former National Telecommunications Commission Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Heceta said.

Heceta now represents the Philippines in the ITU council member-states for Asia and Australasia, also known as “Region E.” Region E represents 49 countries, including Japan, Republic of Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.

The country secured one of the 12 seats for this region after continued lobbying during the conference in Antalya, Turkey from November 6 to 24.

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