Ever wished you could deal with your workload from the comfort of your home with just a computer and an Internet connection?
How about attending classes in a distance education program that doesn’t require you to travel to a physical university?
Currently, not only do we have the tech tools to make these possible but we also have a government that aims to explore the idea of using information and communications technology (ICT) in reducing traffic congestion in the metropolis.
As traffic woes get worse in highly urbanized areas around the country and cause more delays not only for people but for basic goods and services as well, it is becoming more imperative that we use technology to lessen the amount of people populating the roads of Metro Manila.
At the very first DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology) Summit, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella conveyed a message via teleconference indicating that ICT could ease traffic in major cities across the country.
“For example, employees can telecommute, instead of physically travelling and thereby help unclog blocked traffic arteries. Through teleworking, the employee utilizes communications and I.T. solutions, so he or she can work from home or an alternative worksite as they would in the traditional workplace. Through tele-presence, small groups can have face-to-face meetings through video conferencing and remote presence technology,” said Abella.
Even educational institutions can benefit from ICT as Abella suggested that teachers can hold classes and school activities online.
“This is especially helpful for community-based learning, TESDA courses and continuing adult education,” noted Abella.
The Presidential spokesperson also stressed the importance of public-private partnership and a public policy-enabling environment in promoting the concept of telecommuting.
"For example, the private sector in partnership with the government sector aim to develop and provide ICT solutions, lasting systems, ICT-based traffic management, parking management, carpooling, installation of high-speed Wi-Fi zones along congested roads. These incremental efforts mitigate the traffic crisis as government continues to expand and improve the road network and public transport of the country,” he said.