IT stalwart Diaz de Rivera passes away

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[/caption] His fellow ex-commissioner at the CICT, Dondi Mapa, relayed Diaz de Rivera?s passing in a status update via Facebook. His wake will be held at Loyola Memorial Chapels along Sucat (A. Santos) Avenue in Paranaque City, according to Mapa. No interment date has been announced yet. Diaz de Rivera had just transferred last April to PLDT as senior advisor for public sector and enterprise international and carrier business group. Prior to that role, Diaz de Rivera was co-president of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and acting president of the iCollege of the Philippines. Diaz de Rivera served in various posts during his decade-long stint in the government: presidential assistant for ICT, Office of the President (2001?2004); commissioner of CICT and director-general of National Computer Center (2003?2010); and member of the Commission on Elections Advisory Council (2006?2010). A graduate of the UP College of Engineering, he was also president of the Digital Media Group of the Information Capital Technology Ventures. Under his guidance, he supervised the establishment of the NowPlanet.TV digital media services platform, which featured the mobile-optimized live video streaming of national events such as the Senate Impeachment Trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. A veteran IT executive, Diaz De Rivera also had stints at BayanTel, SkyCable, Sky Internet, Electronic Commerce Services, and Unisys Philippines. UPDATE: This story has been updated to indicate the cause of death of Mr. Diaz de Rivera and the location of the wake.]]>

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