The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) inaugurated its Robinsons Magnolia Office today, May 2, 2022, which will serve as the new home base for the expansion and management of its key initiatives under the Digital Infrastructure Program. The program aims to close the digital divide through providing quality, affordable, and extensive connectivity for Filipinos.

The extension office will house several programs and projects of the Department, including the National Broadband Program (NBP), National Government Portal (NGP), National Government Data Center (NGDC), Free Wi-Fi for All Program, and the ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau (ILCDB).

DICT Acting Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Ray Caintic, President & CEO Frederick Go of Robinsons Land Corporation, Undersecretary Maria Victoria C. Castro, Undersecretary Alan A. Silor, other DICT executives, directors, project managers and media partners graced the event.

“The country direly and desperately needs a common digital infrastructure, a common set of data centers capable of hosting hyperscaler cloud services, and a common array of digital transformation centers to help capacitate government agencies and communities. Digitalization no longer serves as the better choice—it is the only choice,” Chief Caintic asserted.

“With our new home base, we will coordinate and manage all our key programs that are crucial and necessary to finally better the access and connectivity across our archipelago. The work the DICT teams will do here will create, improve, and make connectivity better and faster, and also ensure that our communications are secure and at par with global standards of cybersecurity,” he added.

Secretary Caintic also extended his gratitude to Mr. Frederick Go for the partnership, stating that the extension office will aid in the efforts of the Department to make digital transformation a reality: “Robinsons Cybergate Magnolia is built precisely to be a tech-friendly environment, designed specifically for efficiency and sustainability through its green building features. With this partnership, I am confident that the quality of development will further complement the high quality of services of our key projects in these premises,” he said.

In turn, Go recognized the key role of public-private partnerships in advancing the national ICT agenda.

“The DICT, under the strong leadership of Secretary Caintic, has made big advancements in building up the foundations of a far more extensive national digital infrastructure in the country. Through our partnerships and aligned efforts, we commit to always put the welfare of our people in mind. With that, I call on the private sector to extend its full support to our government,” Mr. Go asserted.