President Aquino signs law establishing the Department of Information and Communications Technology

MANILA – – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will now focus solely on transportation after President Benigno Aquino III signed on Monday the law creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a statement, said Republic Act 10844, or “An Act Creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)” mandates that the newly-formed agency will have a Secretary , three Undersecretaries and four Assistant Secretaries.

These officials need to have at least seven years of experience as well as expertise on information and communications technology (ICT), information technology service management, information technology service management, information security management, cybersecurity, data private, e-Commerce, or human capital development in the ICT sector.

The law requires two of the three Undersecretaries and two of the four Assistant Secretaries to be career officers, while one of the four Assistant Secretaries need to be a licensed professional electronics engineer.

With the signing of the 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 communications-focused operating units of DOTC have been abolished and will be transferred to the DITC.

The law also requires a six-month transition period for the full transfer of functions, assets and personnel of these agencies. Joann Santiago/PNA/northboundasia.com