By EDD K. USMAN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science and Digital News
The Department of Information and Communications and Technology (DICT) is looking for more partnerships as it unveiled its five priority initiatives moving forward.
Under the new management headed by former senator now DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, the department is pushing ahead its Digital Philippines framework with five priority measures.
On Tuesday, August 27, the DICT conducted what it dubbed the Strategic Development Partners’ Forum at its headquarters in Quezon City, Metro Manila, as attendees tackled better ICT governance.
At the center of the discussion, the DICT said in an email to SDN — Science and Digital, covered “steps to refine and strengthen in the country.”
Attendees included 50 representatives from various embassies and international institutions during which the department proposed a host of ICT governance development measures. The objective is to sustain and institutionalize initiatives under the Digital Philippines by way of partnerships and collaboration.
DICT’s Digital Philippines is the umbrella program of its different connectivity programs and policy reforms.
The former senator cited the importance of engaging various sectors.
“In order to forward our mandate to the Filipino people of establishing a Digital Philippines, it is only reasonable to involve civil societies, industry groups, international development partners and other stakeholders in empowering the society through ICT,” said Honasan.
Some of the identified plans of the Department where it seeks collaboration with development partners are on the area of deployment of Digital Transformation Task Force, capacity development, and technical assistance.
Image through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
Also part of the initiative is the deployment of chief information officers to (CTO) various government agencies for the development of strong digital foundations. Still another is conducting capacity-building activities to instill a digital-first mindset within each agency.
“With the goal of creating a digital nation, our strategy is banked on making every aspect of society digitally-enabled. This is the vision and we want our development partners to be engaged and get on board to make this a reality,” the DICT secretary, who replaced then Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr., (now an undersecretary), emphasized.
DICT noted its partners’ response in support of the government’s ongoing plans, saying they “are willing to extend assistance to the three-year
The partners, on their part, expressed support on the current plans of the government and are willing to extend assistance to the three-year framework.
Among those who sent representatives included the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), International Labor Organization (ILO), New Zealand Aid, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Australian Embassy, British Embassy, and British Embassy
DICT’s five major projects establishing a Central Business Portal and National Citizens Portal, promoting education anchored on ICT in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as online groups on education, a National Broadband Network (NBN), a nationwide free Wi-Fi project, and a Cybersecurity Management System.
Some of the projects the DICT inherited from its predecessor, the defunct ICT Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). (SDN)