President Benigno Aquino III yesterday (23 May 2016) signed into law a bill establishing the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
DICT will be headed by a secretary, who will be assisted by three undersecretaries and four assistant secretaries. "The new law also provides that the two of the three undersecretaries and two of the four assistant secretaries shall be career officers. One of the four assistant secretaries shall also be a licensed professional electronics engineer," said Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in Philippine Information Agency's (PIA) report.
In addition, the Republic Act No. 10844 requires the secretary, as well as the undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, to have at least seven years of experience and expertise in any of the following: information and communications technology, information technology service management, information security management, cybersecurity, data privacy, e-commerce, or human capital development in the ICT sector.
The new law also abolishes the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO); National Computer Centre (NCC); National Computer Institute (NCI); Telecommunications Office (TELOF); National Telecommunication Training Institute (NTTI); and all communication-focused units in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will be transferred to DICT.
In line, the DOTC will be renamed as Department of Transportation.
The law provides for a six-month transition period from effectivity for the full implementation of the transfer of functions as well as assets and personnel. In the meantime, "the existing personnel shall continue to assume their posts in holdover capacities until new appointments are issued," said Coloma.
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