by: Sarah Joson
Friday, May 27, 2016 |
According to Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., the American business community widely welcomes the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) or the Republic Act (RA) No. 10844. The law will be considered as one of the important pillars of outgoing President Aquino’s legacy.
It was signed into law by President Aquino last May 23, and the DICT will now be the Executive Branch that will handle policy creation, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Philippines’ ICT space.
Ambassador Cuisa explained that having the DICT opens more opportunities in the global ICT market for the Philippines. The country is already a pioneer in the business process management industry, and it now has adequate support for other ICT-enabled industries. On top of that, the DICT is expected to improve overall economic competitiveness through improved digital connectivity and integration. It also aims to encourage young Filipinos to use their ideas, creativity, and imagination.
The Department of Transportation and Communications will move communication units to the DICT and will be renamed Department of Transportation (DOT).
The new ICT arm of the Philippine government is expected to come up with plans and strategies of implementing national policies, programs, and guidelines that will reinforce the development and use of ICT. Moreover, it is assigned in the cultivation and promotion of ICT education.
Other initiatives that will come from the DICT include the proposal of rules and regulations for establishing, operating, and maintenance of ICT infrastructure in underserved areas. It is also expected to provide public internet service, address issues such as privacy, security, and confidentiality, promote ICT trade and investment opportunities, and create and uphold guidelines for ICT public-private partnerships.