Presidente Benigno Aquino III signed a new law on Monday, May 23, creating a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
According to communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr, the new law Republic Act No 10844 also renames the current Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to simply Department of Transportation.
The new ICT department will "ensure universal access to quality, affordable, reliable and secure ICT services."
It's primary purpose is to promote ICT development and institutionalize e-government.
The Department shall "ensure the provision of a strategic, reliable, cost-efficient and citizen-centric information and communications technology infrastructure, systems and resources as instruments of good governance and global competitiveness," the law says.
Coloma added that existing redundant agencies will be abolished and absorbed by the new department.
These include the current Information and Communications Technology Office, National Computer Center, National Computer Institute, Telecommunications Office, National Telecommunications Training Institute, and all operating units of the DOTC that deals with communications.
The DICT secretary, as well as all its undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, are required to be licensed professional electronics engineers with at least seven years of experience in the ICT sector, according to the new law.
The DICT will also be in charge of the National Telecommunications Commission, the National Privacy Commission, and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center.
A six-month transition period will be observed to ensure the effective transition.