DICT's PNPKI services. Taken from DICT's official Facebook page.

Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) service provides digital certificates as a form of authentication in managing official e-documents in remote work transactions to ensure security amid the pandemic.

DICT initially offered PNPKI to the Department of Justice-National Prosecution Service (DOJ-NPS) in conducting electronic and online inquest proceedings.

In addition, DICT extended the service to the National Economic and Development Authority—Regional Development Council Northern Mindanao in handling electronic documents in a confidential manner.

DICT also offered the service to other government agencies like the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit (COA), Supreme Court (SC), House of Representatives, and the Senate so far.

“PNPKI allows users of public networks to exchange important data in a secure manner. PNPKI proves to be very useful during this time where most government offices are in work from home arrangements,” said DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan.

“We are in a state of crisis and it is the duty of the DICT to ensure security in electronic and online transactions among our institutions.  We shall take strengthened measures to support the collective vision of our government, through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in its battle against COVID-19,” Honasan added.

DICT also encouraged not only government agencies but also the private sector to adopt the use of its digital certificates to ensure the authenticity and confidentiality of e-documents.

Interested applicants can refer to the Guidelines for the Application and Issuance of PNPKI Digital Certificates during the COVID-19 Situation via Department Circular 06 and for further inquiries may contact the DICT Cybersecurity Bureau-PNPKI Team at info.pnpki@dict.gov.ph.

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