Department of Information and Communications Technology

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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT; Filipino: Kagawaran ng Teknolohiyang Pang-Impormasyon at Komunikasyon) is the executive department of the Philippine government tasked to "plan, develop and promote country's information and communications technology (ICT) agenda."[1]The current secretary of the department is the retired colonel and former senator Gregorio Honasan.

History

Predecessor

On 12 January 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 269 creating the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). The commission was a transitional agency to the creation of a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The CICT was made up of the National Computer Center (NCC), the Telecommunications Office (TELOF), and all other operating units of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) dealing with communications. Meanwhile, for policy coordination, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) were attached to the CICT. The functions of the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council (ITECC) were transferred to the CICT after the council was dissolved through Executive Order No. 334, signed on 20 July 2004.

Restructuring

With the signing of Executive Order No. 454 on 16 August 2005, the NTC was reattached to the DOTC. EO 454 stated that the transfer would "streamline bureaucracy operations." It was said that the decision to transfer the NTC from CICT back to the DOTC sprang from the realization that NTC being under the CICT created a bureaucratic anomaly since both were commissions.

The TELOF and the rest of the operating units of the CICT that were related to communications were moved back to the DOTC following the signing of Executive Order No. 603 on 17 February 2007. EO 603 stated that the transfer was "necessitated by the present demands of national development and concomitant development projects as it will streamline bureaucracy operations and effectively promote fast, efficient and reliable networks of communication system and services." With the transfer of the aforementioned former components of the CICT, only two agencies remained with the commission, the NCC and the PhilPost.

Over the next couple of years, however, all the components that had been removed from the CICT were reintegrated into the commission. Executive Order No. 648, signed on August 6, 2007  transferred the NTC back to the CICT. The EO was not published until 24 December 2008. Meanwhile, Executive Order No. 780, signed on 29 January 2009, mandated the transfer of the TELOF and all other operating units of the DOTC that were related to communications back to the CICT. With these developments, the CICT was back to its original configuration.

Initial efforts

Attempts to create a Department of Information and Communication were made with the several bills deliberated in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bills sought to transform the CICT into an executive department. House Bill No. 4300 was approved on the third and final reading in the House of Representatives on August 5, 2008 and submitted to the Senate on 11 August 2008.

Meanwhile, a consolidated bill, Senate Bill No. 2546, was approved by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology on August 19, 2008. However, it was shelved after failing to make it past second reading when Congress adjourned session on 5 February 2010.

On 23 June 2011, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed Executive Order No. 47, which was aimed at "reorganizing, renaming and transferring the Commission on Information and Communications Technology and its attached agencies to the Department of Science and Technology, directing the implementation thereof and for other purposes." Furthermore, "the positions of Chairman and Commissioners of the CICT are hereby abolished."

Creation

President Aquino signed  Republic Act No. 10844 or "An Act Creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology" on 20 May 2016. The law began to be fully implemented on 9 June 2016, marking the founding of the DICT. A number of agencies with communications-related responsibilities in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) as well as other executive departments were either abolished or moved to the DICT. The DOTC was subsequently renamed Department of Transportation.

Abolished agencies

The functions of the following government agencies have been transferred to the DICT:

  • All operating units of the DOTC with functions and responsibilities dealing with communications
  • Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO)
  • National Computer Center (NCC)
  • National Computer Institute (NCI)
  • National Telecommunications Training Institute (NTTI)
  • Telecommunications Office (TELOF)

List of secretaries of information and communications technology

# Name Term Began Term Ended President
1 Rodolfo A. Salalima[2] June 30, 2016 22 September 2017 Rodrigo Duterte
Eliseo Rio Jr. (Template:OIC-Philippines)[3] October 12, 2017 1 July 2019
2 Ret. Col. Gregorio Honasan, AFP[4] July 1, 2019 Present

Agencies

Attached agencies

The following agencies are attached to the DICT for purposes of policy and program coordination:

References