Undersecretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic has been appointed by Malacañang as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)’s Acting Secretary following the resignation of former Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II, who filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for Senator on 8 October 2021.

On 20 December 2021, at its first flag raising ceremony with Caintic as its Acting ICT Chief, Caintic gave a virtual message to the officials and staff as he is currently in Bohol supporting recovery efforts in the wake of Typhoon Odette.

“We will continue to build on the accomplishments of the Department in driving digital transformation in the country. Our marching orders remain the same: to connect all Filipinos to the benefits of the digital economy, wherever they are in the country. For quality public service, do what is right; do it right; and do it faster,” Caintic said.

Manny, as he is commonly called, has a dual degree in Physics and Computer Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University. Prior to his service in government, he has had more than two decades of experience in digital transformation, enterprise architecture, and systems implementation in various ventures. He served as an adviser to executive management teams of both local and international organizations in the public and private sectors in IT governance, project management, and operations.

Manny Caintic was appointed Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines of the DICT in July 2019. He was later promoted to Undersecretary for Digital Philippines in 2021 where he continued to reinforce the administration’s National Broadband Program and the Free Wi-fi for All by expediting its rollout and expanding its coverage, and the oversight functions over the Digital Cities and Provinces Program or “Digital Cities 2025” to further spur the IT-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry’s development and investment in the countryside. During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Caintic was a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID). He also chaired the sub-Technical Working Group (sTWG) on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Solutions. His initiatives as Chair of the sTWG significantly aided the whole-of-government COVID-19 response and recovery efforts through the use of ICT.