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Papatalo ba mga Pinoy? Angara wants PH at par with other countries in ICT

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Congress has granted the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) a P6.2 billion increase in its 2020 budget to help it keep up with the demands brought about by “digital age.”

Senator Sonny Angara stressed this on Wednesday adding that the lawmakers raised the DICT budget “to better equip the government for a world that is fast becoming more digital and interconnected.”

“Tech-savvy Filipinos demand this, which is why the DICT, as the agency in charge of all things related to IT (information technology), was granted a bigger budget to undertake the programs needed to make this happen,” Angara said.

From the P3.7 billion in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) that was submitted by Malacañang to Congress in 2019, the DICT’s 2020 budget was hiked to close to P10 billion in the P4.1 trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, noted how the budget of the DICT has been increasing over the years—from P2.9 billion in 2017, it increased to P4.7 billion in 2018 and to P6.2 billion in 2019.

The DICT will be tasked to make classrooms, workforces, workplaces and communities digital, meaning they have access to the Internet and mobile forms of communication.

Funding for the establishment of infrastructure for a national government data center will also be made available.

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