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DepEd ramps up online education platform ahead of new school year

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24

Dito Telecom to miss July 2020 target for cell sites amid lockdown

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano says securing permits to build towers would not be as difficult, had it not been for the pandemic

Esperon denies he had Rio removed from DICT

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:47 AM

It was the President's prerogative to accept ICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr's dormant resignation, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO INTERVENTION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr during a Senate hearing in January 2020. Senate photo

Rio suspects Esperon behind his removal from DICT

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The removal of the former DICT official opens a Pandora's Box of issues in the department and in the government's coronavirus response

 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the meeting with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Malacañan Palace on April 15, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

RJ Jacinto replaces Rio in DICT

May 26, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The Duterte adviser is pushing for a common cell tower policy which Eliseo Rio Jr criticized as being 'anti-competitive' and in violation of telco franchises

After 4 months, Duterte accepts Rio resignation

May 22, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The DICT undersecretary offered to quit in January amid frustration with the department's confidential and intelligence funds

ELECTORAL TRANSPARENCY. DOTC Usec Eliseo Rio at the hearing on a proposal allowing other automated election systems (AES) service providers to participate in the next electoral exercise on March 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

[PODCAST] Para saan ba ang P300M intel funds ng DICT?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Bakit nga ba lumobo ang confidential funds ng DICT?

[EDITORIAL] Lumolobo ang intel funds ng DICT. Kabahan na tayo.

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:50 AM

The Honasan-Rio scuffle exposes the trend in bloated intelligence funds that support anti-people activities, including spying on private citizens

DICT's P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The DICT, under scrutiny for its questionable release of P300 million in confidential funds in 2019, gets an even bigger sum than the government's anti-drug agency in 2020

DICT's Rio, Honasan 'settle differences' over P300-M intel funds

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:46 PM

'My resignation has not yet been approved by the President. I could not leave my post until my resignation is accepted by him,' Rio tells Rappler in a text message

DICT's defense over intel funds 'deceiving and unbelievable' – Rio

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Former DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr dares the agency to reveal the results of the P300-million confidential operation that supposedly dealt with cybersecurity threats

DICT admits using P300 million for surveillance

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says laws allow it to conduct 'lawful monitoring and surveillance,' in the face of cyber threats


DICT's unspent P300-M budget for projects went to intel fund

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:19 PM

Undersecretary Eliseo Rio resigns over the issue of confidential and intelligence funds

INTEL FUNDS. DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan has P400 million worth of confidential and intelligence funds to his disposal. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr resigns

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Rio has yet to address reports that he allegedly left after finding corruption within the agency

DICT 'confident' in Dito Telecom rollout by July

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity, the Philippines' 3rd major telco, says it is 'on track' for its July 2020 rollout

MEETING. DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II meets with Dito Telecommunity CEO Dennis Uy. Photo courtesy of DICT

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PH Internet pioneer Benjie Tan dies

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Benije Tan is credited as the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet in 1994

PIONEER. Benjamin 'Benjie' Tan is the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet for the first time in 1994. Screenshot from DICT video

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

NO WORRIES? Dito Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology say a deal to put up the telco's facilities in military camps is safe from Chinese spying. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal on Sept. 11, 2019, by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA confirms Gringo Honasan as DICT chief

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II says he would prioritize providing better connectivity in the country

CONFIRMED. Longtime senator Gregorio Honasan II gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA hits delays in implementation of P398-M PAGASA project

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:01 AM

State auditors say the P398-million fund transfer to the DICT 'had no recorded liquidation reports and information as to the implementation of the project for almost two years'

COA questions DICT's free Wi-Fi project

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) State auditors ask why the United Nations Development Programme has essentially taken more control over the free Wi-Fi project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology


DICT chief Honasan defends his credentials

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I've been chairman of labor, environment, defense, public order.... If may problema, eh di 'wag ako,' says new Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II

New DICT chief Honasan promises free Wi-Fi, tablets for poor kids

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Newly appointed Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II aims to connect far-flung areas to the internet

Gringo Honasan takes oath as DICT secretary

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Despite legal issues, former senator Gringo Honasan takes his oath as Cabinet member, 7 months after his appointment was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly appointed Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II during the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DICT proposes faster, more transparent way to hold PH elections

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

From using barcode stickers to totally junking Smartmatic's vote counting machines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology proposes new ways to make the Philippine elections faster and more transparent

READ: DICT statement on U.S. blacklisting of Huawei

May 23, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the impending US trade ban against Huawei will have 'little impact' on the Philippine telecommunications industry


DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Caliwara dies

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Carlos Mayorico Caliwara had been an assistant secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology since January 2017

Mislatel rollout may be pushed back to after elections – DICT

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Congress is currently on break until May 19 and only has a window from May 20 to June 7 to work on Mislatel's franchise issues

Gov't to deploy modern tech, boat skimmers for Manila Bay rehab

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The government is banking on volunteers and modern technology to clean Manila Bay

DICT probes DFA passport data mess

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology reminds the Department of Foreign Affairs to comply with cybersecurity provisions

DICT no more? Sotto hints Honasan may be appointed to another agency

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Senator Gringo Honasan's appointment as DICT Secretary faces two legal obstacles

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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DICT orders NTC to make phones unlockable after initial lock-in period

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The memorandum order provides telco subscribers with the option to switch among compatible service providers after initial lock-in period has been completed

Jitters over China in PH telco industry? They've long been here – DICT

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says Philippine companies have been dealing with Chinese firms

ASSURANCE. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr assures legislators that the concerned government agencies are on top of cybersecurity concerns. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Senate panels back gov't shutdown of social media accounts

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, under the Office of the President, wants the DICT to be authorized to shut down social media accounts that are deemed 'inimical to national interest'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gringo Honasan appointed DICT secretary

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(UPDATED) The longtime senator is now tasked with delivering faster internet and telecommunications services to Filipinos, a major promise of President Rodrigo Duterte

China Telecom, DICT ink deal for submarine broadband infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The meeting between DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr and China Telecom Chairman Yang Jie coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Manila

Senators expect 'silent workhorse' Honasan to do well in DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Senators say the immediate challenge of Senator Gregorio Honasan II as DICT chief is to assure Filipinos that the third telco would not jeopardize national security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Senator Gregorio Honasan and other members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

DICT Secretary Rio: Don't replace me just yet

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'I see no urgency in Senator [Gringo] Honasan taking over, at least until I fully finish this job on the third telco,' says acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr

MORE TIME. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. hopes to settle unfinished business in the 3rd telco bidding first before an exit from the agency. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Honasan accepts Duterte's offer to head DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Administration Senator Gregorio Honasan II says he has decided to accept the offer 'for a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children'

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte may appoint Honasan DICT chief as early as Nov 12

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The decision was made during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on October 29, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FAST FACTS: 3rd telco player selection rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Here are the requirements for companies vying for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot

LIVE: Bidding for the 3rd major telco slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The bids for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot will be opened on Wednesday, November 7

LIST: Potential 3rd telco bidders

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:42 PM

10 companies are poised to slug it out on November 7 for the 3rd major telecommunications slot. Get to know their track record and financial health.

Sotto says Honasan to leave Senate for DICT

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the number of senators 'may be reduced' to 22 when the Senate resumes session in November

NEW DICT HEAD? Senate President Vicento Sotto III says Senator Gringo Honasan may soon accept the offer to head DICT. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar company to bid as 3rd telco – DICT

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr says Streamtech Systems Technologies has to look for a foreign partner with at least 10 years of experience in a nationwide telco business

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

NOW Corp blames DICT's Rio for drop in shares, eyes charges

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted