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Pres. Arroyo Urges Lawmakers to Pass DICT Bill

by: Karen Cayamanda

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Outsourcing News |

President Urges Congress to pass DICT Bill

In Pres. Gloria Arroyo's State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, July 27, she urged the Congress to pass the bill regarding the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), as she highlighted the role of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector in our economy.

Pres. Arroyo pointed out that the BPO sector is resilient enough to bring wealth to the economy amidst the global economic downturn. "With earnings of US$6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity," she said.

At present, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) is the coordinating body which is responsible for the management and implementation of ICT-related initiatives of the government. However, Oscar Sañez, Chief Executive of Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), said that having a separate department is necessary in implementing national strategic plans in terms of infrastructure and IT education.


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