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E-Commerce Bureau in Phl sought
Rep. Wes Gatchalian said he filed House Bill 3878 that aims to put up the E-Commerce Bureau, which shall focus and work full time on e-commerce development, international competitiveness and continuing research.
Gatchalian said the bureau would also maintain statistical data, investigate administrative complaints against or by stakeholders, monitor and evaluate the e-commerce policies and programs.
Congress enacted into law Republic Act 8792 otherwise known as the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 to facilitate domestic and international dealings, transactions through the use of electronic, optical and other similar mediums.
"R.A. 8792 recognized the role of information and communication technology in commercial trade and in nation building. As such, the E-Commerce Office of the Department of Trade and Industry was created with the aim of directly supervising the promotion and development of electronic commerce in the country," Gatchalian said.
He said the E-Commerce Bureau will be a high level office compared to the E-Commerce Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing and regulating office to promote e-commerce industry in the country.
In pushing for the bill, Gatchalian cited a Nielsen survey which revealed that the Philippines has at least 33.6 million internet users, representing roughly 30% of the country's population who are engaged or have the potential to be engaged with online trading.