QUEZON CITY, PH – New DICT Officials have been appointed into Office during an Oath-Taking Ceremony which was held at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Building on September 13, 2016.


Atty. Jorge V. Sarmiento was sworn in as Undersecretary for Management and Operations; Ret. Gen. Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. was appointed as Undersecretary for Special Concerns; Engr. Denis F. Villorente was appointed as Undersecretary for Developmental and Innovations, and Atty. John Henry D. Naga was appointed as Assistant Secretary.

Functions of the Undersecretaries

According to a Memorandum from the Secretary, each Undersecretary position is designated to manage specific areas within the DICT:

Undersecretary for Management and Operations is tasked with managing the internal processes of the Department, which includes financial, administrative, and legal management, as well as Procurement. The position also provides assistance to the Secretary in supervising the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Undersecretary for Special Concerns is charged with the formulation of policies, planning, and programming of Cybersecurity and Emergency Communications and the implementation of strategic programs and projects, and regional operations. The position also holds a supervisory role of the Cybercrime Investigation Coordination Center (CICC), the National Privacy Commission (NPC), and the COMELEC Advisory Council (CAC), as well as overseeing duties regarding the participation of the DICT in the activities of the NDRRMC.

Undersecretary for Developmental and Innovations is in charge with the formulation of policies, planning, and programming for ICT development which includes Human Capital Development Programs and Research and Development. The position is also tasked with the conceptual and technical development and support of strategic programs and projects of the DICT that covers connectivity, e-Government, e-Society, and e-Innovation. The Undersecretary for Developmental and Innovations is also designated to oversee the participation of the DICT in the activities of the NEDA ICC Board.

Hand-picked by the Secretary

The newly-appointed officials were chosen by DICT Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima, with each having significant experience in different areas in government service.


Undersecretary Sarmiento expressed his gratitude during the Oath-Taking Ceremony, and asked for the assistance of every DICT employee to make the Department one of the best Departments in the bureaucracy,

Napakalaki ng ating katungkulan or responsibilidad na inatas sa ating lahat… The Department, specially the Secretary and senior officials will only be successful or effective kung magtulungan po tayo. Our battle cry is that of unity, discipline, and teamwork.”

Undersecretary Rio expressed the same sentiment by declaring that the newly-appointed Senior Officials will do their best effort in their new positions, and that they will need the help of the DICT Staff,

Lahat ng aming kakayaning gawin ay gagawin natin para sa ‘ting mahal na DICT. Newly-appointed official – kami yun. Kayo [DICT staff] ay matagal na rito, kaya sa inyo kami kukuha ng lakas at mga impormasyon para mapaunlad natin itong DICT.”

Undersecretary Villorente stated that the new Senior Officials is a very experienced group, each with more than a decade of experience in government and public service.

“We hope and expect that everyone will align their efforts. We are here to serve and to provide good service at tulungan po natin ang ating butihing Secretary.”

Secretary Salalima closed the Oath-Taking Ceremony by expressing that the new Department is one that is for the people, and of the people, whether in private or and in government; with the new Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretary, the DICT will do its best to better serve the Filipino, as mandated by the Law.