The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) is seeking the approval of its P46.6 billion budget for 2021.
In a statement, DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said the budget will be for the effective implementation of the department’s strategic programs towards digital transformation in the new normal.
Several of DICT’s project include, the Digital Connectivity and Access programs, particularly the National Broadband Program (NBP), the Free WiFi for All in Public Places and State Universities and Colleges Program, and the Government Emergency Communications System.
“Digital connectivity and access is the foundation of digital transformation. It is only with secure and reliable Internet connectivity for every Filipino can we implement programs and initiatives towards digitalization in various sectors of our society,” Honasan said.
The proposed budget for FY 2021 is significantly much higher than its current budget for FY 2020 which amounts only to around 6 Billion Pesos.
“The call for digital transformation has never been more urgent. We need all the resources to fast track the country’s digital transformation for us to better adapt to the new normal brought by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Honasan. –AAC
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