The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will be providing tablets, laptops, and units of pocket Wi-Fi to San Juan City to be used by students for online learning.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson made the statement after DICT Gregorio Honasan II remarked in his agency’s budget hearing in Congress that the country’s Internet speed is “not so bad” at 3 to 7Mbps.
A week after criticizing an assistant secretary of the DICT for apparent lack of concern on a proposed integrated contact tracing platform, former undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. took another swipe at the top officials of the agency for not acting on a crucial document for a broadband project in the country.
DICT secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II claimed that connectivity in the Philippines has improved a lot since he assumed office a year ago.
The new designation is seen as an attempt to make DICT undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio stay in his post and to allow him to stamp his authority over Honasan’s “tres amigos” who have been running the show at the DICT.
In a joint statement with undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. on Friday, Feb. 7, DICT secretary Honasan denied that Rio mentioned any anomaly in the disbursement of the intelligence fund of the DICT.
The Central Business Portal, which will be fully operational by February 14 next year, covers business transactions under the SEC, but is envisioned to also cover the DTI and even the BIR.
The DICT targets to install a total of 8,073 operational live sites for the year 2019.