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   . No 6198 S. No. 2686 ^R^publtc of i\[t  |Il|iIippinE3 fflangress of i\\t ,^Efro (Manila (^ixfprallj dongrEss ®l{tr& ^gular^^ESStnn  egun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-seventh day of July, two thousand fifteen. [REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10844 ] AN ACT CREATING T E DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TEC NOLOGY. DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS T EREFOR. AND FOR OT ER PURPOSESBe it enacted by the Senate and ouse of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:   ection   l. Short Title. - This Act shall be known as the Department of Information and Communications Technology Act of 2015 .   ec . 2. Declaration of Policy. —It is hereby declared the pohcy of the State:(a) To recognize the vital role of information and communication in nation-building;  (b) T ensure the pr visi n f a strategic, reliable, c st-efficient and citizen-centric inf rmati n and c mmunicati ns techn l gy (ICT) infrastructure, systems and res urces as instruments f g d g vernance and gl bal c mpetitiveness;(c) T ensure universal access t quahty, aff rdable, reliable and secure ICT services;(d) T pr m te the devel pment and widespread use f emerging ICT and f ster and accelerate the c nvergence f ICT and ICT-enabled facilities;(e) T ensure the availability and accessibility f ICT services in areas n t adequately served by the private sect r;(f) T f ster an ICT sect r p licy envir nment that will pr m te a br ad market-led devel pment f the ICT and ICT-enabled services GCT-ES) sect rs, a level playing field, partnership between the public and private sect rs, strategic alliance with f reign invest rs and balanced investments between high-gr wth and ec n mically-depressed areas;(g) T pr m te and assist the devel pment f l cal ICT c ntent, applicati ns and services which may include supp rt f r ICT-based start-up enterprises thr ugh strategic partnerships;(h) T pr m te the use f ICT f r the enhancement f key public services, such as educati n, public health and safety, revenue generati n, and s ci -civic purp ses;(i) T enc urage the use f ICT f r the devel pment and pr m ti n f the c untry's arts £uid culture, t urism and nati nal identity;(j) T pr m te digital literacy, ICT expertise, and kn wledge-building am ng citizens t enable them t participate and c mpete in an ev lving ICT age;  (k) To empower, through the use of ICT, the disadvantaged segments of the population, including the elderly, persons with disabilities and indigenous and minority groups;(l) To ensure the rights of individuals to privacy and confidentiahty of their personal information;(m) To ensure the security of critical ICT infrastructures including information assets of the government, individuals and businesses; and(n) To provide oversight over agencies governing and regulating the ICT sector and ensure consumer protection and welfare, data privacy and security, foster competition and the growth of the ICT sector ec . 3. Definition of Terms —As used in this Act, the following terms £Lre defined as follows:(a) Information and Communications Technology or ICT shall mean the totahty of electronic means to access, create, collect, store, process, receive, transmit, present and disseminate information;(b) Convergence shall mean the interface between and among various telephony, radio, video, broadcasting and multimedia infrastructure, devices and services, enabhng users or subscribers thereof to communicate with one another;(c) Electronic Government or E-Government shall mean the use of ICT by the government and the public to enhance the access to and delivery of government services to bring about efficient, responsive, ethical, accountable and transparent government service;(d) ICT Sector shall mean those engaged in providing goods and services primarily intended to fulfill or enable the function of information processing and communication by electronic means The ICT sector includes telecommunications and broadcast information operators, ICT equipment manufacturers  multimedia content developers and providers, ICT solution providers, internet service providers, ICT training institutions, software developers and ICT-ES providers;(e) ICT-Enabled Services or ICT-ES Sector shall mean those engaged in providing services that require the intrinsic use of ICTs including engineering or architectural design, informatics service providers, offshoring and outsourcing service providers such as call centers, back oflhce processing, software development, medical or legal transcription, animation, game development, and other services that require the intrinsic use of a networked information infrastructure; and(f) Chief Information Officer or CIO shall mean a senior officer in all national government agencies (NGAs), including constitutional offices, state universities and colleges (SUCs), government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), and government financial institutions (GFls) responsible for the development and management of the agency's ICT systems and apphcations ec . 4. Creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology - There is hereby createdthe Department of Information and Communications Technology, hereinafter referred to as the Department ec . 5 Mandate - The Department shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda ec . 6 Powers and Functions ~   The Department shall exercise the following powers and functions:1 Policy and Planning(a) Formulate, recommend and implement national policies, plans, programs and guidelines that will promote the development and use of ICT with due consideration to the advantages of convergence and emerging technologies;
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