Following ramifications that caused the closing down of businesses under the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) class, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is looking to revitalize the country’s business sector by establishing its own-made shopping platform, which will help enterprises shift online and thrive.
Per DICT Secretary John Ivan Uy, the planned e-commerce platform will render a comprehensive “eco-system” platform, ranging from the sourcing of raw materials, an electronic-based payment system, as well as global digital marketing.
According to the Philippine News Agency, Uy claims that the “integrated” nature of the project will aid businesses to make a shift from brick-and-mortar to e-commerce.
A collaborative project between the DICT and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the platform would be similar to the likes of Alibaba and Shopee.
Whereas independent sellers will otherwise have to establish their websites when making a transition to online, the project is making the process easier by simply making interested sellers “register and be onboard” through the platform.
Further, the secretary cites the importance of the project as a solution to the negative impact caused by the global health crisis.