The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) explores the potential and role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in transitioning the nation to the ‘new normal’ in this year’s observance of the National ICT Month.

With the theme “Maximizing ICT for the New Normal,” the Department is set to hold online activities aimed at fostering discussions and training individuals on topics such as digital government, cities and provinces, digital medicine and social assistance, digital education and workforce, cybersecurity, and emergency communications.

Among the objectives of the National ICT Month, in line with Republic Act 10844, the Department aims to promote the development and widespread use of emerging ICT and foster and accelerate the convergence of ICT and ICT-enabled facilities. The DICT also aims to promote the use of ICT for the enhancement of key public services, such as education, public health and safety, revenue generation, and socio-civic purposes. Furthermore, the DICT aims to promote digital literacy, ICT expertise, and knowledge-building among citizens to enable them to participate and compete in an evolving ICT age, as well as to encourage the use of ICT for the development and promotion of the country’s arts and culture, tourism and national identity.

The Department recently directed its ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau (ILCDB), Cybersecurity Bureau, and Regional Offices to formulate and facilitate the conduct of webinars aimed at capacitating and upskilling the ICT competencies of teachers, administrators, educators, and students in different public and private educational institutions, and state universities and colleges (SUCs).

“In these trying times, we turn to ICT to provide a semblance of continuity in our society and in our lives, as we gradually transition to the ‘new normal.’ In this year’s National ICT Month, we recognize the vital role of ICT in nation-building and ICT’s pivotal role in implementing the ‘new normal’ in our country, particularly in our government, business, commerce, education, and health sectors. In line with the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte, through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), we need to capitalize on available ICT resources and adapt to new ways of learning and working while keeping ourselves and our families safe.” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said. 

Starting 01 June 2020, Metro Manila and other high-to-moderate-risk provinces and cities will be on General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and the rest of the country on Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) according to IATF-MEID Resolution No. 41.

“As part of the IATF, we are assisting the national and local government units in utilizing ICT in adapting to all these changes. We invite everyone to explore various ICT opportunities and better understand the role of ICT in our emerging economy through our various upcoming online activities.” Secretary Honasan said. Proclamation No. 1521, series of 2008, declares the month of June every year as the National ICT Month. This month, the DICT also celebrates its fourth founding anniversary since its establishment on 9 June 2016.