Section 5 of Republic Act No. 10844 (RA No. 10844), otherwise known as the Department of Information and Communications Technology Act of 2015, mandates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to be “the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda.” 

Section 6 of RA No. 10844 also provides the following powers and functions of the DICT: (i) to formulate, recommend and implement national policies, plans, programs and guidelines that will promote the development and use of ICT with due consideration to the advantages of convergence and emerging technologies; (ii) to establish a free internet service that can be accessed in government offices and public areas using the most cost-effective telecommunications technology, through partnership with private service providers as may be necessary; (iii) to establish guidelines for public-private partnerships in the implementation of ICT projects for government agencies; and, (iv) to partner with the private sector in furthering the development of local ICT.

Pursuant to its mandate under Section 5 and powers under Section 6 of RA No. 10844, the DICT issues this notice of its proposed agency rulemaking process on possible policy guidelines for entering into digital partnerships with the private sectors (“Guidelines”), to ensure that proper procedures are in place for a cost-efficient, citizen-centric, stable, and secure infrastructure that will promote the development and widespread use of ICT in the Philippines through strategic partnerships.

In view of this, the Department invites all concerned to submit their views, comments, and inputs for consideration in drafting the Guidelines. A proposed outline for the Guidelines is attached for reference. Inputs may relate to, among others, standards, selection processes, global and domestic best pictures, and other related policy considerations to further the national ICT development agenda. Anyone may submit written comments regarding the proposed Guidelines. The responses could be in the form of position papers, draft policies, research papers or or citations of foreign best practices, rules, regulations, guidelines, or laws.

All written comments must be directed to the undersigned and sent to on or before December 1, 2019.

Let copies of this Notice be circulate, and published in the Bulletin Board of the DICT, The DICT website, and sent to the pertinent agencies and entities in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2, Book VII, Revised Administrative Code and existing laws.

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