The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is ramping up the country’s readiness for participation in the global digital economy this National ICT Month 2021.

Sporting the theme, “Onwards Through ICT: Building a Stronger Philippine Digital Economy”, the DICT encourages the public to participate and learn more about its efforts to achieve digital transformation of the country.

The National ICT Month is held annually every month of June and commemorates the value of ICT in nation-building pursuant to Proclamation Number 1521, Series of 2008. This year, the Department focuses on the digital transformation of the country with its newly-adopted CHIP Framework as a strategic guide.

“Your DICT is adopting the CHIP framework—which stands for Connect, Harness, Innovate, and Protect—to implement plans, programs and initiatives aimed at accelerating digital transformation to strengthen the country’s digital economy in the new normal,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

“Through this framework, we shall strive for our economy to come out of the new normal stronger and more promising than before,” he added.

The CHIP framework was adopted from the World Bank Digital Economy 2020 report, and it outlines and restructures the DICT’s plans and initiatives to accelerate digital transformation of the country in the new normal.

The Connect component contains the DICT’s digital connectivity and infrastructure programs; Harness pertains to capacity-building initiatives to upskill Filipinos for the digital economy; Innovate highlights the Department’s government modernization and digitization projects; and lastly, the Protect component focuses on the mitigation of risks and threats as the country transitions to a digitally-enabled economy.

As the DICT rallies its efforts under the framework, the DICT aims to enhance its plans to be more responsive to the actual needs and demands of the Philippine ICT landscape.

More activities featuring the specific plans under each component will be highlighted moving forward. The month-long celebration features various online activities to be hosted by the DICT’s bureaus, services and programs. For more information, kindly visit the DICT website or official social media pages.