3 July 2019 – Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II will begin his stint at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) with a familiar face on his executive circle.

As he was welcomed by the DICT employees, Honasan said he will continue what former Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. started, who will continue to serve as Undersecretary. 

“You have now two lolos to help you manage the newest department, so let’s help each other for the country and for our most precious and strategic resources –our children,” Honasan said.

Incidentally, the 71-year old Honasan revealed that the 74-year old Rio is his baptismal godbrother, childhood friend and mentor at the Philippine Military Academy.

Honasan is set to oversee DICT’s initiatives such as the operation of the new major telco player, Free Public Wi-Fi, National Broadband, and Cybersecurity, among others. 

“Expect our best. With so much good will and technical competence, we are going to harness this. It’s the Filipino people who should expect our best,” Honasan added.