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House passes DICT creation

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), which shall be the primary government entity to promote and help develop the ICT sector.

Thre Philippine House of Representative (Lower Chamber) passed House Bill 6198 on third and final reading. This aims to create the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) that will integrate and rationalize the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) functions of various government agencies. The DICT will the primary government agency or department that will develop and promote the ICT Sector.

Currently, the ICT functions are divided among the National Telecommunications Commission, the Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO), National Computer Center and the Telecommunications Office. HB 6198 was approved during the October 9, 2015 session of the House of Representatives.

The mandate of the DICT will be to ensure stable communications services and address the concerns and issues on internet connectivity. Also, the DICT will be responsible for the design, development, implementation, and securing and protecting the communications infrastructure system. The DICT will also take the lead in cybersecurity, cybercrime enforcement framework and representing the country in ICT concerns internationally.

The Senate version of the DICT Act was passed on final reading last June 1, 2015 and there will be a bicameral committe that shall thresh out the final law that will establish the Department of Information and Communication Technology.

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