Creation of Palawan ICT Council sought

File photo courtesy of Palawan Provincial Information Office


The provincial government’s E-Governance Office is seeking the creation of the Palawan Information and Communication Technology (PICT) Council that will help strengthen its programs under the ICT and innovation development.

In cooperation with board member Albert Rama, the PICT Council will be the policy-making body for the ICT and innovation development of Palawan under the leadership of Governor Jose Alvarez.

It will be implemented under Provincial Ordinance No. 2073.

In a statement this week, the Provincial Information Office (PIO) said the PICT will also create implementing rules and regulations, roadmap, and plans for the ICT; provide incentives for digital innovations and technology; make plans and programs for ICT literacy; invite local government units (LGUs) in the creation of e-government, and create investments for ICT-related industries that can help in the progress of Palaweños.

The PIO said the PICT Council will be led by Alvarez and Vice-governor Dennis Socrates, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), provincial director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), chairperson of the Committee on Information and Technology in the Provincial Board, president of the League of Municipalities (LOM), Department of Education (DepEd), representative from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), telephone companies, Palaweño Information and Communications Technology Association (PICTA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), youth sector, indigenous peoples (IP) representatives.

Their first consultative meeting will be on January 14 to discuss policies.

Base on Section 24, Article II of the 1987 Constitution, the communication and information sector plays an important role in development in the country.

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