A bill that plans to create the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has already passed on for third reading in the House of Representatives. The DICT bill or House Bill 4667 seeks to boost and improve the country’s IT facilities by being the agency tasked in developing and implementing IT policies and government programs.

Chairman of the House ICT Committee and Taguig 2nd District Representative Freddie R. Tiñga, said that the approval of the bill would also be the answer for the country’s need for an agency responsible for IT and communication facilities.

“ICT needs to have its own governing body to set new directions. We have to keep pace with the emergence of new technologies rapidly changing the world’s economic landscape,” Tiñga said.

Upon the establishment of ICT, the agency is expected to provide strategic, reliable and cost-efficient citizen-centric ICT infrastructure, systems and resources. The agency also seeks to boost the development of networks, ensure access and high-speed connectivity at fair and reasonable costs, and provide IT networks in areas not reached by the private sector.

If approved, the creation of the department will also largely contribute to the business process outsourcing in the Philippines such as call centers and offshore staff leasing services, which is one of the emerging industries in the Philippines.