As part of its efforts to strengthen its internal organization, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) conducted its first orientation and onboarding program for its newly-regularized employees.

The program was held on March 4, and was attended by 99 employees.

“We recognize the importance of how our human resources play in the operations of our Department,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

“A stable department with a clear vision, strong leadership and functional management inevitably delivers public service effectively,” he added.

The orientation and onboarding program seeks to instill the values expected of a public servant and to help employees navigate the cultural, political and technological terrain of DICT.

Among the topics discussed during the program include information on DICT offices, code of conduct and ethical standards for employees, compensation and benefits, available learning and development programs, strategic performance and management system, online services for employees, ICT user support and troubleshooting, data privacy and compliance, and digital certificate/signatures.

“Being a relatively young department, we recognize our limitations as an organization and wish to improve upon them. This will ensure the efficient and effective implementation and delivery of DICT programs and services,” Secretary Honasan explained.

In addition, the DICT is also gearing up for its full regionalization across the country.  There are currently only eight (8) DICT regional cluster offices servicing the different provinces and regions in the country. 

“With full regionalization, your DICT aims to further ramp up its initiatives and efforts for the more effective delivery of its public service. To our citizens, our goal has always been to reach and serve you, wherever you may be in our country.  The Department’s request to fully regionalize is already with the Department of Budget and Management, and we eagerly await their favorable action,” Secretary Honasan said.

As of February 26 this year, 23 DICT employees were promoted and 105 more were hired as regular employees as a result of the DICT’s efforts to fast track placement of employees in the Department. Among these, 71 are Job Order personnel of DICT who were regularized.

The DICT continues to encourage qualified people to file their applications for vacant positions in the DICT.

In addition, the DICT, through the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD), will hold the following programs for its employees.

• 12 March 2021: Meet-up with the Employees Union, Team Charter, and Rookie Start Projects

• 19 March 2021: Health and Wellness Series and Starter Project Check-in with HRDD

• 22 March 2021: Mentoring Program on the Republic Act No. 9184

• 26 March 2021: Talk Show on the Products and Services (GSIS; PHILHEALTH; PAG-IBIG; and TESALAI), DICT Club Fair, and the Starter Project Check-in

• GSIS UMID Card Registration to be held at the DICT Central Office Premises tentatively scheduled within March 2021