The government allocated a P1.2-billion budget for 2021 to support cybersecurity programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with P1 billion going to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), P215 million to the National Privacy Commission (NPC), and P23 million to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Anti-Cybercrime Enforcement Program.

Through the budget, the DICT will maintain its cybersecurity efforts and ensure the confidentiality of sensitive information of the government, businesses, and individuals. Meanwhile, the NPC will handle the security of citizens’ data and information, and back the government’s response and innovations on fighting COVID-19.

The budget would be useful in helping the government fight cybercrimes that have been increasing amid the pandemic, such as phishing and scam activities targeting banks and other businesses, as well as misleading or fraudulent government websites. Recently, there have been 26 victims who got scammed for investing in cryptocurrency.

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