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With the looming challenges of digital disruption brought by emerging technologies, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is putting the spotlight on the government’s efforts in its vision of a thriving nation in spearheading the 2018 National ICT Month celebration this June.

Celebrating one decade of the National ICT Month since the declaration of Proclamation No. 1521, the DICT focuses on three key messages through this year’s theme: Thrive Through Disruption: Inclusivity, Empowerment, Sustainability.

The Department recognizes the need to intensify efforts in bridging the digital divide by widening the reach of ICT and including marginalized sectors in the campaign. Women, senior citizens, differently-abled people, and those who are with less access and knowledge on ICT can experience various Tech4Ed conferences and women’s ICT trainings lined up across the month. The developments on the Free Internet Access in Public Places Program or Pipol Konek and the National Government Portal, meanwhile, are continuously progressing year-round to serve more people.

At least nine Rural Impact Sourcing technical trainings (RISTT), meanwhile, are scheduled to be conducted around various parts of the country as the DICT continues to promote empowerment through upskilling and reskilling of the Filipino workforce.

To encourage other organizations, DICT has also issued Memorandum Circular No. 001-2018, calling on government agencies to support the celebration, as well as reinforcing the advocacy to streamline programs and projects for full government interoperability and sustainability.

The month-long celebration’s highlight will take place during the National ICT Summit 2018 on June 21 in Davao City, where President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to attend and give his keynote speech to industry leaders.

Representatives of DICT, meanwhile, are scheduled to talk about Inclusivity in ICT and Digital Consumer Protection. The Department is keen to act on its crucial mandate of ensuring and protecting the rights and welfare of consumers and business users in matters relating to ICT. The session will tease what is to come on the conduct of the 1st National Digital Consumer Conference, to be launched in the coming months.

Government initiatives on e-Government, National ID, Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy are also set to be tackled in the NICT Summit.

Aside from the theme-related activities, the DICT is set to etch a new milestone with the scheduled ceremonial signing of the monumental Tripartite Agreement with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) on 8 June at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The signing will pave the way for the government to utilize NGCP’s spare optical fiber at no cost, which will help address the growing need for faster and more affordable internet connectivity.

For the full calendar of activities this ICT Month, you may visit http://dict.gov.ph/national-ict-month-2018/