PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10844, an Act Creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
Under the law, the DICT shall be headed by a Secretary, who will be aided by three undersecretaries and four assistant secretaries, all to be appointed by the President.
Two of the three undersecretaries and two of the four assistant secretaries shall be career officers and one of the four assistant secretaries shall also be a licensed professional electronics engineer.
The Secretary, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries shall have at least seven years of competence and expertise in any of the following: information and communications technology; information technology service management; information security management; cybersecurity, data privacy, e. Commerce, or human capital development in the ICT.
According to the new law, the following agencies are hereby abolished and will be transferred to the newly created DICT: Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO); National Computer Center (NCC); National Computer Institute (NCI); Telecommunications Office (TELOF); National Telecommunications Training Institute (NTTI); and, all operating units of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) with functions and responsibilities dealing with communications.
As a result of the creation of this new Department, the law also stated that the present DOTC shall be renamed the Department of Transportation.
The law provides for a six-month transition period from effectivity for the full implementation of the transfer of functions, assets and personnel.
RA 10844 states, "the existing personnel shall continue to assume their posts in holdover capacities until new appointments are issued.”
The new Act was passed by the House of Representatives as House Bill 6198 on October 9, 2015 and adopted by the Senate as an amendment to Senate Bill 2686 on December 15, 2015. ( SDR/Sunnex)