In addressing the politically contested elitism in the Philippines, this paper discusses the idea of bridging populist demands to national governance and explores Information and Communications Technology (ICT) resources as a tool for reaching populist overtones. In the discussion, a possibility has been shown with the inclusion of ICT resources to empower local citizens in their participation of sharing their piece to national legislations as well as integrating an ICT strategy to accommodate these various demands. However, there are a lot of realities to be acknowledged like the existence of several populist idea “gaps.” This paper highlights 1) that populist demands and opinions are possible opportunities for dialogue, consultation, coordination, and collaboration with other public and private institutions and agencies; 2) a need to establish and re-build strategies for ICT inclusion even in the rural communities - a springboard to widen the work of e-governance in the country.
Kevin John Maddela, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Philippines
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