The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) welcomed the appointment of Atty. Ivan John Enrile Uy as the Department’s new Secretary. This follows President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s announcement of five more members of the Cabinet on Monday, May 30, 2022.

“We look forward to the strong leadership that Atty. Uy will bring to the Department. Our goal is to assist a smooth transition and ensure that our progress in advancing the national ICT agenda will continue, even with changes in leadership,” DICT Acting Secretary Emmanuel Rey “Manny” R. Caintic said.

DICT Acting Chief Caintic stressed the importance of connecting with the staff of incoming Secretary Ivan Uy in the coming days to discuss and lay down initiatives for a smooth leadership transition. Caintic will brief the new Secretary on the Department’s flagship programs—including the Digital Infrastructure Program that aims to build a government-owned broadband network that will enable faster, more affordable, and more extensive Internet connectivity in the country.

Moreover, the DICT aims to sustain its initiatives under its CHIP strategic framework. CHIP, which stands for Connect, Harness, Innovate and Protect, to accelerate the digital readiness of the country and enable active participation in the global digital economy. The plan also includes developing and upskilling the Filipino workforce and establishing a more digitally-inclusive and empowered future. The plan shall also expand and revitalize the Philippine economy through reforms that will encourage investments.

“I will be stepping down as Acting Secretary knowing that we have contributed to the legacy of the DICT as the driving force in the country’s digital agenda. That being said, it is an honor to work with Atty. Uy, who is handpicked by President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. himself. We will work closely with him and his team to ensure a smooth transition and that our vision for continuing the national ICT agenda is aligned with the needs and demands of the Filipino people we serve,” Caintic asserted.