The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will be providing support services to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)—Regional Development Council (RDC)—X (Northern Mindanao) as the latter adopts the use of the Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) to secure its electronic documents.

Operating the PNPKI is one of the core services of the DICT that aims to encourage the public and private sector alike to adopt the use of digital certificates. Digital certificates serve as a form of authentication or proof of identity, allowing people to sign, save and email official e-documents securely, and therefore facilitating faster remote work transactions.

The NEDA RDC-X Resolution No. 23 (s. of 2020) provides for the adoption of the DICT’s PNPKI technology with an additional request for DICT’s technical support in securing NEDA’s electronic documents moving forward. Responding to the letter of Governor Philip T. Tan, Chairperson of NEDA RDC-X, the Cybersecurity Bureau-PNPKI Team will be coordinating with the NEDA RDC-X focal person for the immediate processing of the application.

“The collaborative efforts of our fellow public servants towards improving the state of public health and welfare are sooner realized when enabled by ICT services,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said. “It is our duty to tap ICT resources for more responsive governance,” he added. “This is in support of the whole-of-government efforts led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and in compliance with the measures issued by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).”

The use of PNPKI digital certificates to fast-track delivery of public services are also aligned with the spirit of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”.

Interested applicants may refer to the Guidelines for the Application and Issuance of PNPKI Digital Certificates during the COVID-19 Situation through Department Circular 06. For other related queries, applicants may contact the DICT Cybersecurity Bureau-PNPKI Team at info.pnpki@dict.gov.ph.