DOST exec named first commissioner of National Privacy Commission

With only four months left before he steps down from office, Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has finally appointed the commissioner of the National Privacy Commission – the agency tasked with the overdue implementation of RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Law.

Former DOST assistant secretary and now National Privacy Commission  commissioner Raymond Liboro took his oath before DOST secretary Mario Montejo

Former DOST assistant secretary and now National Privacy Commission commissioner Raymond Liboro took his oath before DOST secretary Mario Montejo

Raymond Liboro, an assistant secretary at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), took his oath of office on Monday, March 6, before DOST secretary Mario G. Montejo.

The appointment of Liboro, also the officer-in-charge of the DOST’s Science and Technology Information Institute, could pave the way for the formal activation of the Data Privacy Law, which was approved way back in 2012.

The law, which was passed primarily to protect the country’s multi-billion BPO industry, has not taken effect because its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) has yet to be drafted by the National Privacy Commission.

The commission, which is to be headed by a privacy commissioner and two deputy privacy commissioners, was supposed to have been formed when the law was passed almost four years ago.

The law specifically put the commission under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), with the caveat that if it comes into law before a DICT is established, the commission will fall under the Office of the President.

But since it was DOST’s Montejo who administered Liboro’s oath, it now appears that the National Privacy Commission is now under the DOST.

It is not clear if Aquino also appointed deputy commissioners for the new agency as mandated by law. Liboro, who will also serve as chairman of the commission, will have a term of three years and may be reappointed for another three years. He will have the rank of a cabinet secretary.

At the time of its signing into law, local ICT leaders labeled the legislation as a watershed mark for the ICT industry, saying the measure will reinforce the country’s booming BPO sector.

Louis Casambre, executive director of the ICT Office, said it was a “keystone for economic development through ICT and ICT-enabled industries”.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, the main author of the law in the Senate, said the legislation will not only boost the confidence of potential investors in the country’s IT-BPO industry, but also the trust of ordinary citizens in e-government initiatives.

In a related development, Malacanang also announced the appointment of DOST Region 2 officer-in-charge Sancho Mabborang as the new regional director for Cagayan Valley.

Mabborang, a well-liked and hardworking engineer from Tuguegrao City, succeeded Urduja Tejada, who was earlier appointed as assistant secretary for countryside development of the DOST.

At the same time, veteran communications executive Richard Burgos was also named the new director of the STII, the publication and PR arm of the DOST. Apart from various IT companies, Burgos worked previously at the DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India.

4 Comments

  1. Pingback: Cyber Round-up, March 2016 (part 1) – C.R.E.A.M.

  2. Pingback: PRES. AQUINO APPOINTS FIRST COMMISSIONER OF NATIONAL PRIVACY COMMISSION | Disini & Disini Law Office

  3. Pingback: IRR of the Data Privacy Act is out! | The Endocrine Witch

  4. Pingback: The Pinoy Techie’s Wishlist for Whoever Wins the 2016 Elections

Comment on this post