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PH Pres. Aquino Signs DICT Act

by: Sarah Joson

Thursday, May 26, 2016 |

After 10 years of petitioning and lobbying, industry experts will now see Republic Act 10844, which is An Act Creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as it has been signed by President Benigno Aquino III. Stakeholders have been keeping an eye on this legislation from the 16th Congress.

The legislation aims to abolish several agencies and transfer them to the DICT. On the other hand, it will rename the present DOTC as simply the Department of Transportation (DOT).

According to Jubert Alberto, Country Manager of IDC Philippines, not only will the organization standardize operations of local agencies, it will also propel it. Having an arm outside of the DOST will put more emphasis on its efficacy.

Bernardo Villegas, an economist from the University of Asia and the Pacific, noted that in this highly digital age, having a cabinet-level portfolio specifically designed for the ICT industry will make a huge impact. He added that the Philippines is known as a major source of information and communications technology professionals, and one of the few countries  with consistent volume of English-speaking talent.

JJ Disini, an IT law expert, stated in an interview with Bloomberg that the DICT will boost the country’s broadband connectivity and help improve ICT-driven sectors such as business process outsourcing (BPO), software programming, and other similar and high-value sectors.


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