MALACANANG is confident Sen. Gregorio Honasan will implement genuine reforms at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) after he accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to head the agency.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace was “glad” Honasan accepted the offer to join the Cabinet.
“With the entry of a provisional new major player in the telecommunications industry, we are confident that the senator would provide good direction and sound management to the DICT, consistent with the President’s priority programs beneficial to Filipino consumers in the areas of information, communications and technology,” Panelo said in a statement.
“For now, we congratulate Senator Honasan and wish him all the best as he undertakes genuine reforms in the DICT,” he added.
Honasan’s appointment came as the DICT named the consortium, Mislatel, a joint venture of China Telecom and Davao tycoon Dennis Uy as the country’s third telco player.
In a statement, Honasan said he accepted the offer “for a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children.”
Sen.Grace Poe yesterday gave her full support to the appointment of her colleague Honasan as the new secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) who she said could allay fears surrounding national security issues with the entry of a new telco.
Poe said that Honasan, a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, will be an asset at the DICT being a dedicated and efficient public official. She also expressed belief that Honasan will be able to modernize the country’s telecommunications and make technological advances that can support growth and development.
“His appointment can help allay fears surrounding national security as I know him to be a cautious and patriotic guy who would put the country above everything else,” she added.
The chair of the Senate public services panel also pointed out how Honasan’s appointment comes at a critical time withthe entry of the third telecommunications service provider.
Meanwhile, Senator Bam Aquino, the chairman of the Senate science and technology panel, said that he is enthusiastic in working with Honsan in improving the ICT sector in the country.
He added that Honasan will move to improve the access of a quality and affordable internet services for the Filipinos.
With Marlon Purificacion