President Aquino signs DICT law

The much awaited law that creates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has now been signed, which places the government’s disparate IT offices into one department. President Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10844, An Act Creating the DICT, one of the key pieces of legislation arising from the 16th Congress, on Monday. The new DICT law will become a powerful main server that will spur information and communications development, institutional e-government, and manage the country’s ICT environment, which includes the outsourcing industry. The Makati Business Club, which issued a statement on behalf of the Philippine Business Groups and Joint Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC), earlier said the law will help position the Philippines as a world leader in a growing dominant sector of the global economy.