The Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) which was created upon the approval of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is looking to convene its first meeting in October.

The CICC is headed by the Executive Director of the Information and Communications Technology Office under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) as Chairperson with the Director of the NBI as Vice Chairperson; the Chief of the PNP; Head of the DOJ Office of Cybercrime and one representative from the private sector and academe, as members.

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, Executive Director DOST-ICTO and CICC chair said that in anticipation of the directive from Malacañang to form the CICC and draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) they intend to start receiving nominations for the academe and private sector members of the CICC by next week, and have its first official meeting by the first week of October. “The same process of transparency and accountability that we used to select members of the Comelec Advisory Council will be used in the selection process for the academe and private sector members of the CICC.” Mr. Casambre said.

Usec. Casambre also allayed concerns of various stakeholders on controversial provisions in the new law, particularly on the issue of libel. “We totally understand the concerns of our netizens on this controversial issue, and we hope to address this when we start drafting IRR. We intend to hold consultative meetings with various stakeholders and ensure that the IRR is consistent with keeping to the spirit of the law, and not stifle basic human rights such as the freedom of speech” Mr. Casambre Added.

According to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the CICC will have the following powers and functions:

(a) To formulate a national cybersecurity plan and extend immediate assistance for the suppression of real-time commission of cybercrime offenses through a computer emergency response team (CERT);

(b) To coordinate the preparation of appropriate and effective measures to prevent and suppress cybercrime activities as provided for in R.A. 10175;

(c) To monitor cybercrime cases being bandied by participating law enforcement and prosecution agencies;

(d) To facilitate international cooperation on intelligence, investigations, training and capacity building related to cybercrime prevention, suppression and prosecution;

(e) To coordinate the support and participation of the business sector, local government units and nongovernment organizations in cybercrime prevention programs and other related projects;

(f) To recommend the enactment of appropriate laws, issuances, measures and policies;

(g) To call upon any government agency to render assistance in the accomplishment of the CICC’s mandated tasks and functions; and

(h) To perform all other matters related to cybercrime prevention and suppression, including capacity building and such other functions and duties as may be necessary for the proper implementation of R.A. 10175.

About DOST-ICTO – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.