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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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President Duterte offers China to be 3rd telecom operator in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced the end of telecommunications duopoly in the country after President Rodrigo Duterte offered China to operate the third telecom carrier in the Philippines.

“During the bilateral talks between President Duterte and the Chinese premier, President Duterte offered to the People’s Republic of China the privilege to operate the third telecom’s carrier in the country,” said Presidential spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque.

China has not given a particular name of the company for the offer.

Aside from this, there will be additional two terabits per second because of new internet facilities that will be built through the partnership of the government and a Facebook affiliate.

Malacañang said this could have been implemented long time ago as well as the breaking of the duopoly in telecom carriers but was delayed during the leadership in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) by Rodolfo Salalima.

This is the conflict of interest mentioned by President Duterte when he fired Salalima.

“This agreement with the subsidiary of Facebook should have been signed as early as December 2016. It was not signed by the former secretary of the DICT. It was further reported by the special investigating committee that the former DICT secretary likewise may have prevented the earlier breakup of the duopoly by delaying the use of satellites as viable option,” said Roque.

If these initiatives will push through, it’s not only the cellular technology that will be improved but also the internet speed and access. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and 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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