Solon confident PNoy will sign bill creating DICT by year-end

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Pres. Benigno Aquino III Pres. Benigno Aquino III[/caption] Tarlac representative Susan A. Yap said the fate of the proposed DICT, which will be tasked to develop a world-class ICT industry for the Philippines, is now in the hands of the chief executive. “The creation of the DICT will provide the leadership our telecom sector badly needs. It will help pave the way for faster Internet at cheaper cost in the country,” Yap said. Under the measure, the proposed DICT shall be the primary policy planning, coordinating, implementing, regulating and administrative entity of the executive branch of the government that will plan, promote, and help develop the country’s ICT sector and ensure reliable cost-efficient communications facilities and other multi-media infrastructure and services. The bill will abolish the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office), National Computer Center (NCC), National Computer Institute (NCI), Telecommunications Office (TELOF), National Telecommunications Training Institute (NTTI), and all operating units of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) with functions and responsibilities dealing with communications. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), National Privacy Commission (NPC), and Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center (CICC) will be attached to the DICT. All offices, services, divisions, units and personnel not covered by the proposed law will be retained under the DOTC, which will be renamed the Department of Transportation. All powers and functions related to cybersecurity including the formulation of the National Cybersecurity Plan, establishment of the National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the facilitation of international cooperation on intelligence regarding cybersecurity matters will also be transferred to DICT. The bill will also create the Chief Information Officers Council that will be composed of sectoral representatives of government departments, constitutional bodies, the academe, LGUs and private sector ICT-oriented NGOs. ]]>

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