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    President Duterte appoints OICs for DOH and DICT

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

    Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed officers-in-charge for the Department of Health and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

    Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the memoranda designating Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio as OIC of DICT after the resignation of former Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

    Meanwhile, Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle is appointed OIC for the Department of Health after the rejection of the ad interim appointment of former Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial by the Commission of Appointments. – UNTV News & Rescue

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    PRRD wants truth on corruption allegations at DICT – Malacañang

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is interested to know the truth behind corruption allegations inside the Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT), according to Malacañang.

    It was reported that former Secretary Rodolfo Salalima told DICT personnel that corruption and interference were among the reasons for his resignation.

    Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said such claim needs to be validated considering that the main policies of the Duterte administration gear towards curbing corruption in government.

    Abella added, the president is still searching for a trustworthy replacement for Salalima. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue


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    President Duterte to sign EO transfering all gov’t information and public services to DICT

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the executive order for the establishment of the National Government Portal.

    This aims to order other government agencies to transfer their information and public services to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the one-stop shop of all online government services.

    “As we have now asked the President to issue an executive order urging all departments of government to transfer, to migrate all their data, systems and processes to DICT so people can avail the online service of various agencies of the government like the NBI, and the Statistics Office,” Sec. Salalima said.

    The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has already transferred its information to DICT and in six months’ time, the department is hoping other government agencies will do the same.

    Meanwhile, DICT has revealed that telecommunication companies are given until September 16 to improve their internet services.

    The government also has already invited big telecom companies to the country to enhance completion between internet service providers.

    “I told National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), get a third party operator with a big local component and a very big partner from abroad because they have to have deep pockets to compete with the duopoly. So open po tayo (we are open),” Salalima said.

    To attain this, the process of establishing additional cell sites is being simplified.

    “Other local government agencies has to act on the permits ng mga (of the) Telcos for the purpose of installing and operating the services,” Salalima added. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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    Facebook users supporting terrorism will be arrested for “cyber sedition” — DICT

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported that there are Facebook (FB) users who are already subject to arrest by authorities because of Cyber Sedition.

    “We are involved, confidential, may huhulihin na (there will be arrests for) cyber sedition. We are not going to name the persons, we were able to track about more than one last night,” DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima said.

    It can be recalled that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has requested Facebook to take down more than 60 FB accounts of jihadists and their supporters.

    Meanwhile, Malacañang also revealed that the government and the military actually had information of the planned siege by the terrorist group, led by Isnilon Hapilon, prior to the attack in Marawi City.

    This information was used by the government for the military to take action immediately and in order to prevent the terrorists’ much bigger plan to capture the entire city.

    “The early action of the military and the government has actually pre-empted their plans to be able to capture the city so we need to accredit that.  So, yes, there were intel but it was something that had to be vetted and authorized properly,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

    He added, had the military acted otherwise, the situation in Marawi could have been worse.

    Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has also spent his private time on Tuesday without engaging in any public activity.

    Malacañang ensures the President is in good health.

    “He is actually in excellent health except for the fact that his schedule has been brutal.  I think we need to allow him a few rest, he was actually on top of the situation, however he also need rest,” Abella said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


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