The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) asked the Duterte administration to approve its proposed P46.6 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to fund the agency’s digital transformation programs in the Philippines. This proposed budget for next year is much higher than its current budget of only around P6 billion.

According to DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II, the proposal is in line with the goals of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Inter-Agency Task Force-Technical Working Group on Anticipatory and Forward Planning (IATF-TWG-AFP) to restore the economy and adapt to the new normal.

Under the proposed budget, the DICT allotted P22.1 billion for programs such as the Digital Connectivity and Access; National Broadband Program (NBP); Free Wi-Fi for All in Public Places, State Universities, and Colleges; and the Government Emergency Communications System.

The agency assigned the remaining P11.7 billion to its digital government initiatives, P10.2 billion for digital workforce and digital education, P55 million for digital cities and provinces, P1.05 billion for cybersecurity, and P1.3 billion for internal DICT programs.

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