DICT law signed
Thirty-six days before he steps down from office, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on Monday, May 23, the Republic Act 10844 creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)—a long awaited law that was thought would never be signed by him.
RA 10844 states that information and communication have vital roles in nation-building and that it is the state’s policy to “ensure universal access to quality, affordable, reliable, and secure ICT services.”
Under the new law, the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO); 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 will be abolished and transferred to DICT.
Outgoing Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima met with incoming DOF chief Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III met at a golf club in Makati City on May 20 to discuss the transition process, as reported on Monday.
Purisima said in a statement released on Monday that DOF has been preparing a transition document that would detail “the state of progress across its various clusters and results areas, including revenue, liability management, privatization, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and corporate affairs.”
“We take transitioning seriously and view it as an integral part of organizational development. We want to ensure the new team has all the means and resources to succeed on day one. My team is coordinating with him in order to work with depth over the next month on a smooth transition,” Purisima added.
Dominguez apparently requested that some of Purisima’s staff, along with key officials of a number of DOF-attached agencies be retained for at least a month to assist the incoming chief.
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