MANILA, Philippines – Weeks before his successor assumes office, President Benigno Aquino III signed a law creating the the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
With the creation of DICT, the government acknowledges the crucial role of ICT in nation-building. Better infrastructure means affordable and quality access to technology for all, which can improve public access to education, income generation, government services, and public health and safety.
The brand-new DICT’s to-fix list is massive. Foremost is the problem of slow and expensive Internet access in the country. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has challenged telcos to address this problem, or else, he will bring in competition from foreign providers.
What is ICT’s role in the country’s transition to a new government? What new things can we expect from the telco providers themselves, especially now that San Miguel Corporation has divested its telco assets to Globe and PLDT?
For answers, Maria Ressa will interview Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe Telecom.
Watch the discussion LIVE on Monday, June 6, from 4 pm onwards. – Rappler.com