DICT urges LGUs, homeowners associations to ease permit process for faster ICT infra rollouts

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020   •   171

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday called on local government units (LGU) and homeowners associations (HOA) to ease permitting requirements and procedures to fast-track the rollout of cell sites and other infrastructures for telecommunication companies and internet service providers for the benefit of residents in their respective areas.

In a statement, the DICT said LGUs and HOAs need to cooperate in addressing the people’s need for connectivity and better quality of ICT services amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The department hopes that ICT infrastructure providers will be fostered at the local level for faster rollout and construction of much-needed infrastructure during this crisis.

The DICT also appealed to all entities enforcing checkpoint and quarantine protocols to ensure unhampered movement of ICT personnel and equipment of telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers, including those who perform indirect services such as technical, sales, and other support personnel, as well as their third-party contractors doing sales, installation, maintenance and repair works.

“Internet access has become an essential utility in our collective efforts to significantly improve the public health situation,” DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said.

“With that in mind, we should keep working together for the continued improvement of our internet connectivity infrastructure,” he added.

“Responding to our countrymen’s increased demand for connectivity is one of the President’s core priorities, and we encourage the accelerated rollout of more telco sites to promptly improve internet access,” he further stated.

The DICT said its advisory is in line with the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Resolution No. 30 and Office of the President’s Executive Order No. 112, which confirmed and adopted the IATF-MEID’s Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.

DICT warns public vs fake social media pages on SAP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2020

The Department of Information and Technology (DICT) has warned the public against fake social media pages that spread misinformation on the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

In a post, the DICT advises everyone to only rely on official sources such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Facebook and ReliefAgad pages.

“Fraudsters use fake pages to exploit Filipinos looking for information about the SAP to gain their personal information and possibly for other nefarious purposes,” the DICT said.

The DICT listed the following as unofficial DSWD pages/accounts:

  • 2nd wave social amelioration program (SAP) Private Group
  • DSWD Social Amelioration Program 2020 {IMPLEMENTATIONS, REPORTS & ANOMALY} Public Group
  • SOCIAL AMELIORATION CARD (SAC) 5k-8k Ayuda ng Gobyerno Public Group

The department also encourages the public to report any infringement of cybersecurity incidents.

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DICT to provide teachers with ICT trainings

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to conduct online seminars or ‘webinars’ to teachers under the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The program is aimed at preparing teachers to adapt to alternative learning systems under the ‘new normal’.

In a press release issued on Saturday, the DICT said it has directed its ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau (ILCDB), Cybersecurity Bureau, and Regional offices to be the line agencies that will “formulate and facilitate the conduct of webinars aimed at capacitating and upskilling the ICT competencies of teachers, administrators, educators, and students in different public and private educational institutions and state universities and colleges (SUCs).”

The department is confident that these capacity building activities will better arm the teachers  “for the potential use of available ICT enabled education services, such as online learning management systems, video conferencing platforms, and online educational resources, with due regard to raising awareness on safe cybersecurity and privacy practices.”

This project is in line with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-MEID) Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines which directs schools to decide on the specific learning delivery modes, such as blended and online learning that they will use to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the schoolyear.

“ICT has become crucial for retaining a sense of continuity for our society, especially in the education sector. DICT is here to help upskill the ICT capacity of our teachers in order for them to utilize the full potential of ICT in providing quality education to their students given the disruptions in holding face-to-face classes,” Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

The DICT initially offered free online technical and digital trainings to concerned personnel and professionals in the government and private sectors.

“We will continue to work towards providing digital literacy and capacity to different sectors in order for our nation to better adapt to the new normal. All of these initiatives is in support of the administration’s efforts through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” Secretary Honasan said. — /mbmf

DICT eyes converting internet cafes into digital classroom, workplace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 18, 2020

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is planning to convert internet cafes into digital classrooms and workplace amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

As part of the ‘new normal’ in education and work system in the country, the DICT wants to use internet cafes to help students as well as employees who do not have internet connection at home.

“Kokonektahan na muna natin itong mga community para pwede na lakarin ng mga nearby sa community na iyan para makapag-aral at trabaho sila dito sa repurposed internet cafes, (We will install connection in the community so that students and employees can walk to the repurposed internet cafes)” according to DICT Usec. Eliseo Rio.

DICT targets to put up around 3,600 digital classrooms and workplaces across the country. They will also coordinate with local internet service providers (ISP) to improve internet connectivity in the digital classroom and workplace.

The department aims to open digital classrooms before August 24. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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