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No More Lines, Online Learning: Duterte Charts Digital New Normal

'We need e-governance.'
by Joel Guinto
Jul 27, 2020
Photo/s: Presidential Communications Operations Office

Lining up for government transactions will be a "thing of the past" and face-to-face classes will resume only when the risk of infection is "eliminated," President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday in his State of the Nation Address, as he charted a digital way forward to halt infections.

The interior and budget departments should coordinate with the Anti Red-Tape Authority to "make full, possible services online," Duterte said. "We need to adjust and adapt to a paperless type of business. We need e-governance."

"Until the COVID vaccine is available, I will not allow the traditional face-to-face teaching, unless the risks to exposure are eliminated. I cannot and will not put to risk the lives and health of the students and teahcers," he said.

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Duterte said he would enforce consumer and data protection and privacy laws to enable e-commerce. "We must run after online scammers, online transactions. We must continue to protect the Filipinos and remind the world that we are responsible stewards of data."

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"I am committed to protect both the physical and digital lives of our law-abiding countrymen," he said. 

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