The main function of the CICC, however, is now merely confined to just coordinating anti-cybercrime efforts among law enforcement agencies. Republic Act 10844 — the law that created the DICT — transferred the cybersecurity and anti-cybercrime powers of the CICC and its executive director to the DICT.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is soliciting the support of lawmakers after its proposed budget for National Broadband Program was trimmed from P18 billion to P902 million.
In its proposal, the DICT allotted P22.1 billion — the biggest chunk of its proposed budget — for its digital connectivity and access programs. Meanwhile, P1.05 billion will be spent on cybersecurity.
From the P3.7 billion in the National Expenditure Program that was submitted by Malacañang to Congress last year, the DICT’s 2020 budget was hiked to close to P10 billion in the P4.1 trillion General Appropriations Act.
The DOST’s budget proposal is P20.18 billion, which is P79.85 million lower than its 2019 allocation of P20.26 billion.