The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) submitted comments on the amendments to the Philippines Republic Act No. 10173 (the Data Privacy Act) under House Bill Nos. 01188 and 05612, to the Committee on Information and Communications Technology. We acknowledge the importance of this consultation that outlines the key elements of the data protection framework, with an objective of having a safe and secure online environment and align with global best practices. In the past, AIC has been very active in submitting industry recommendations on some of the key policy issues in Asia, details of which can be accessed here. In the backdrop of digitalization and the growth of digital services across the world, the role of data has become more and more significant. This has given rise to concerns of informational privacy and the exercise of rights over personal data. Without a framework to govern these two subjects, no digital industry can be sustainable.