As it marks its fourth-year anniversary this 09 June 2020, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) looks forward to strengthening its existing programs as well as developing and implementing future initiatives towards digitalization in the new normal.

To achieve its vision, the Department focuses on digitalizing the Local Government Units (LGUs), health system, education system, workforce, and the government as a whole, as well as bolstering the national ICT connectivity and cybersecurity programs.

For a digital government in the “new normal”, DICT addresses the most basic and immediate needs for government activities such as the provision of connectivity and cloud hosting, collaboration tools and video conferencing applications, and digital signatures for government officials and employees. The DICT also intends to provide necessary ICT support to the government to enable a more efficient and effective Government to Government (G2G), Government to Business (G2B) and Government to Citizen (G2C) electronic services.

Further, the DICT aims to help LGUs establish digital cities and provinces by integrating ICT for balanced regional development and expanding ICT and Information Technology, and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industries to cities and provinces in the regions.

The DICT also endeavors to provide support to the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in bringing medical services to far-flung areas through ICT with services such as telemedicine, remote diagnostics, and virtual medical consultations.

With regard to digital education, The DICT continues to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in advancing the use of ICT in education through Digital Learning Management Systems and Distance Learning Systems. At present, the Department provides online trainings aimed at upskilling the ICT literacy and capacity of teachers as part of celebrating the National ICT Month, while also preparing for the acceleration of Internet connectivity provisioning for schools and universities.

Likewise, the DICT also provides online trainings to the Filipino workforce to upgrade their ICT skills in preparation for the “new normal”.

In addition to said initiatives, the DICT continues to upgrade its connectivity programs such as the Free Wi-Fi for All Program and the National Broadband Program (NBP), as well as its cybersecurity programs. These, according to the DICT, are essential in ensuring a more reliable and secure digital Philippines in the “new normal”.

“This year, we are celebrating DICT’s 4th year of public service—four years of implementing programs and delivering services aimed at advancing the national ICT agenda. Now more than ever, we recognize the vital role of ICT in overcoming the crisis we currently face. Rest assured that your DICT will be more aggressive in implementing its programs under the Digital Philippines vision of the Department—with the guidance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and in support of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID),” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

Republic Act No. 10844, otherwise known as the “Department of Information and Communications Technology Act of 2015” was signed into law in 2016. Under the law, the DICT shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda.