01 Dec The DICT as Indirect Regulator
On May 20, 2016, Republic Act No. 1084, otherwise known as the “Department of lnformation and Communications Technology Act of 2015”, was signed into law. The Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations have since been released as of October 15, 2016.
Composed of administrative agencies formerly under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and which will remain autonomous, the DICT has several roles to play, among which are to ensure an increase in cyber security and monitor cybercrime cases, to improve public access to ICT, and indirectly, to administer the regulation of ICT in the country. This role is congruent with its resource sharing and capacity building functions, one of which is to “ensure the development and protection of integrated government infrastructures and designs”.
Another function of the DICT is to “assess, review and support ICT research and development programs of the government in coordination with the DOST and other institutions concerned.”
The impact of the DICT’s function as regulator must not be downplayed as such will have a sizeable effect on the nation as a whole.
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