The New Dep't of Information and Communication Technology

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The New Dep't of Information and Communication Technology


With the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), the Philippine government finally acknowledges this new and fast-spreading field of technology in the delivery of services to the people.

President Aquino last week signed Republic Act 10844, the DICT Act of 2015, establishing the new department as the primary policy, planning, coordinating, and implementing entity in the government that will promote the national ICT development agenda.

All offices in this field now with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will be placed under the new department. The DOTC, to be renamed Department of Transportation, will now deal exclusively with transportation which is, in itself, an area of great importance in our growing economy.

Information and communication technology today pervades the national life so comprehensively that there is hardly any field where it does not have a key role. It is in business and industry, in education, in government services, in political affairs, in traditional mass media, in the new social media.

ICT has become the Philippines' third biggest dollar earner, after electronics and Overseas Filipino Workers' remittances. Filipinos are now among the world's leading digital citizens. …

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