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Women in ICT Feature

There is no limit to what women can do and achieve.

As the Director of Legal Services, Attorney Diana May Cabrales is proof that women can indeed lead and thrive in the field of ICT, being the first female to be designated to serve as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

OIC-Assistant Secretary Cabrales finished her degree in Sociology with honors, graduating Cum Laude, in the University of the Philippines in 2009. She then proceeded with her law studies (Juris Doctor) at the Ateneo de Manila University from 2009 to 2013. In 2018, she went overseas to earn her Master of Laws (Legum Magister) degree at the National University of Singapore. Before working for the DICT, OIC Assistant Secretary Cabrales worked as a licensed real estate broker, and as a consultant for the Department of Justice (DOJ). She also practiced law for a private company and is currently a Law Professor.

In 2019, OIC-Assistant Secretary Cabrales was appointed as the Chief of Staff of DICT’s Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Policy, Planning, and Finance. Thereafter, she was appointed by the President as Director IV of the DICT Legal Service in August 2020. Later on, she was designated as OIC-Assistant Secretary under DICT Department Order No. 109 s. 2020, and as Alternate Chairperson of the DICT-Central Office Bids and Awards Committee (DICT-BAC).

“It is a great honor and privilege to have been given the opportunity to work for the DICT in the advancement of the national ICT agenda. ICT is one of the sectors that need immediate attention, especially as our country transitions to the new normal,” she explained.

“As the Director for Legal Services, and as an OIC-Assistant Secretary with a background in law and finance, I continue to work hard and dedicate myself to contributing meaningfully to the development and promotion of policies that will allow the Department to achieve its vision of a Digital Philippines for every Filipino.”

As a high-ranking female employee of the DICT, OIC-Assistant Secretary Cabrales said that women can rise above any challenge and can certainly thrive in any field that they pursue as long as they put their hearts and minds to it.

“Getting here has not been a walk in the park. Years of hard work, passion, and dedication have led me to where I am now. I also did not let society dictate what I can and cannot do for myself and for my future,” she stated.

“To my fellow women, your life is your own. Do not let anyone define you as a person. Strive hard to reach your highest potential and prove to the world that you are not just a woman. You are an empowered woman.”