INTEGRATION OF ICT POLICIES AND STRATEGIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
• Name of Workshop : Regional Workshop on Follow-up to WSIS and
Integration of I C T Policies and Strategies in the
• Name of Participant : Atty. MARICHU L. JOVEN-BARENG
Chief, Legal and Investigation Staff
Acting Chief, Administrative Division
• Name of Organization : Telecommunications Office – CICT
• Organizational Chart :
REGIONAL OFFICES (16)
FISCAL & MANAGEMENT LEGAL AND
STAFF INVESTIGATION STAFF
ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT NATIONAL TELEGRAPHIC
FINANCE DIVISION OPERATIONS DIVISION
DIVISION INFORMATION DIVISION TRANSFER DIVISION
GENERAL SERVICES ACCOUNTING PROJECT MONITORING & SYSTEMS OPERATION FINANCIAL & SYSTEMS
SECTION SECTION CONTROL SECTION SECTION CONTROL SECTION
PERSONNEL SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT GENERAL ENGINEERING RECORDS MANAGEMENT
SECTION & INFORMATION SECTION SERVICES SECTION & SECURITY SECTION
MOTORPOOL COMPUTER SYSTEMS TRAFFIC AND TT TRAFFIC OPERATIONS
SECTION SECTION MONITORING SECTION COORDINATING SECTION
PROJECT TT REGIONAL
IMPLEMENTATION SECTION COORDINATION SECTION
SERVICE ENGINEERING &
The Philippines‘ efforts in ensuring that concerns related to ICT
are incorporated in the process of national development policy-
making planning and programming.
In January 2004, the Commission on Information and Communications
Technology (CICT) was created by Executive Order 269 (s. 2004) and
placed under the Office of the President. This utilized the existing
TELOF, NCC and other communications-related offices of the DOTC by
transferring them as component offices under one umbrella commission
pursuant to the President’s continuing authority to reorganize the
bureaucracy under Section 31, Chapter 10, Title III of the 1987
Administrative Code. A Chairman with a cabinet rank heads this
commission and shall be assisted by the respective heads of TELOF
and NCC, who shall concurrently serve as Commissioners.
As a transitory institution in anticipation of the passage of the pending
DICT bill, CICT was structured in the form of a national body, quasi-
department in bearing that will not only be advisory in nature but will
also have active role in the various ICT –related initiatives of the
government. Its primary mandate is to serve as the policy, planning,
coordinating, and implementing, regulating and administrative entity of
the government that will promote and develop integrated strategic ICT
systems. Provisionally, this is to address the need to have a single
government agency in charge of ICT developments in the country
following the emergence of a necessary global trend to avoid
fragmented policy-making efforts in the ICT sector.
Promotion and development of Philippine ICT policies and strategies in
consonance with the objective targets set out in the MDGs and action-lines of
the Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda of the WSIS process.
Appropriate connectivity shall be made available in all local government units
and public schools.
The private sector should lead; the Government should enable. Due to
financial constraints, the government shall act as a catalyst in the
development of the ICT industry with the private sector providing the
investments, capital and other resources.
Stakeholders (concerned LGUs, schools and other community-based
organizations) groups shall be constantly consulted and provided with
appropriate incentives to ensure active involvement in the ICT efforts.
Data sharing and network inoperability among all government agencies in
common and/or integrated applications.
Implementation of projects to produce globally competitive knowledge
workers and an ICT-skilled labor force.
Development of a world-class cyberservices industry where Philippine
workers and corporations can operate on an equal footing, where our
economic self-sufficiency is powered by a workforce armed with the skills and
knowledge that makers us a viable alternative to our competitiors
Coordination among national agencies dealing with the
sectoral aspects of ICT.
The assistance and support of other government agencies are
sought in the preparation and implementation of the CICT’s
Department of Trade and Industry – promotion of trade
and investment opportunities.
Intellectual Property Office – protection of ICT related
intellectual property rights.
Department of Education – policies and initiatives with
respect to IT education and promotion of ICT in education.
Philippine Postal Corporation – rules and regulations for
the operations and maintenance of a nationwide postal
The views and positions of the private sector are solicited
and taken into account in the formulation of CICT’s
ICT plans, programs and projects of the Regional
Development Councils are coordinated with the ICT.
Recommendations on the future role of ESCAP.
The road map towards the implementation of the UN Millennium
Declaration mentioned the goal “to ensure that the benefits of new
technologies, especially information and communication technologies,
in conformity with the recommendation contained in the ministerial
declaration adopted by the Economic and Social Council at the high-
level segment of its substantive session of 2001 are available to all. An
ICT Task Force was established that would lend a truly global
dimension to the multitude of efforts to bridge the digital divide, foster
digital opportunity and thus put ICT at the service of development for all.
Under the present environment of the medium income economies like
the Philippines it is respectfully recommended that ESCAP should
extend assistance on the following areas:
Develop cooperation between and among nations with respect to the ICT
Provide strategic advice on policy and regulation issues, ICT infrastructure,
application and establishment of a global partnership in the international
Foster development of telecommunications services and ICT infrastructure
focusing on bridging the digital divide.