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Honasan quits post as DICT chief to run as senator

The most prominent issue to come out of Honasan’s two-year run as DICT head was when former undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. resigned from his post in February 2020 and questioned the disbursements of P300 million in agency’s confidential funds.

Ex-usec Rio hits DICT’s satellite Internet contracts worth P466M

Despite the huge budget totaling almost half a billion pesos, former DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. pointed out that the project is for 1,035 sites only and will run for just a period of five months.

Ali Atienza, lawyer appointed as DICT usec, asec

The appointment of Ali Atienza and promotion of Emmanuel “Manny” Caintic brings to six the number of undersecretaries at the DICT, although Republic Act No. 10844 or the law that created the DICT, provides for only three undersecretaries.

San Juan schools picked as pilot site for e-learning project

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.

Ping tells Gringo: ‘Not so bad’ Internet speed ‘just not good enough’

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.

Rio hits DICT anew for inaction on major broadband project

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.

Honasan says PH connectivity bolstered in first year as DICT chief

DICT secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II claimed that connectivity in the Philippines has improved a lot since he assumed office a year ago.

First on Newsbytes.PH | Honasan puts Rio in charge of PH broadband project, free public WiFi

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.

Honasan breaks silence, says Rio didn’t question use of intel funds

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.

DICT holds pilot-launch of business registration portal

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.
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