Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DICT bill now with Malacanang - Palace exec

The Office of the President (OP) is now reviewing the Department of Information and Communication (DICT) bill, which aims for the creation of a stand-alone estate information and communications technology agency.

“According to PLLO (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office), (the) DICT bill was transmitted to Malacanang on May 10. There’s a 30-day review period,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

House Bill No. 6198, a priority measure of Congress, was approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading in October 2015.

The Senate adopted the same last Dec. 15, thus, removing the need for a bicameral meeting for the proposed measure.

Once signed into law, the bill will boost improvement in the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) system.

It is eyed to address, among others, the issue of internet speed in the country, which to date is among the slowest in the world.

The DICT is eyed to be created by merging existing ICT-related agencies under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). (PNA)

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