In an effort to develop the ICT sector as the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry posts continuous growth, the House of Representatives has approved the bill that deals with the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology or DICT.
The new department will assume the telecommunication responsibilities of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) under House Bill (HB) 4667. It will be mainly responsible for promoting and developing the ICT sector of the country. The House Bill also indicates that the DICT will be the one to undertake the functions of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology under the Office of the President.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben P. Evardone, Vice-chairman of the ICT committee and author of one of the DICT bills, said the DICT will help the country to be more competitive in the ICT industry and on a global scale, ensuring that government regulations will be in accordance to the trends in the industry.
The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and the Joint Foreign Chambers have been campaigning for the creation of the department that will focus on the ICT sector and promote the IT and BPO capabilities of the country.