To familiarize everyone with key socioeconomic terms and concepts, we have this new social media series.

For this week, our buzzword is "digitalization".

It refers to the conversion of analog data and processes into a machine-readable format. It also means the use of digitized data and technologies to improve operations.

Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

A PIDS study saw challenges among local government units (LGUs) in carrying out smart city initiatives. One of them is the public's ability to adapt to digitalization due to the digital divide, including gaps in digital literacy.

Online payment services, telemedicine, and contact tracing were not effectively used among LGUs during the pandemic because most people lack essential devices and basic skills to effectively manage their accounts electronically.

Know more about digitalization and smart cities by reading “Are Philippine Cities Ready to Become Smart Cities?” at

We are celebrating the 21st Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) this September, with the theme "Going Green and Digital for a More Sustainable, Inclusive, and Prosperous Future for All". Know more about the DPRM, the relevance of this year's theme, and the various DPRM activities and how you can participate by visiting

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