The DICT might be the answer to our slow Internet problems

We're watching you, Department of Information and Communications Technology.

Benigno Aquino III

 

(SPOT.ph) Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10844 creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology on Monday, May 23. The new office is mandated to institutionalize e-government, promote the development of information and communications technology, and manage the Philippines' information and communications technology (ICT) network.

 

With the communications unit transferred to Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Transportation and Communications will now be called the Department of Transportation. Five government agencies will also be abolished and absorbed by the new department, namely: the Information and Communications Technology Office, the National Computer Center, the National Computer Center Institute, the Telecommunications Office, and the National Telecommunications Training Institute. Three other agencies will be moved under the direction of the DICT secretary, namely: the National Telecommunications Commission, the National Privacy Commission, and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center.

 

The Philippines is notorious for having the worst Internet service in Asia. With the new department, there will be an administrative entity that will "promote the national ICT development agenda." RA 10844 says that it is the state's responsibility to "ensure the provision of a strategic, reliable, cost-efficient and citizen-centric information and communications technology infrastructure, systems and resources as instruments of good governance and global competitiveness."

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