Protecting vital information infrastructure and ensuring that internet technology is secure is more important than it has ever been in this age of heavy reliance on information and communications technology.  

DICT seeks intel funds for stronger cyber security

The Senate Committee on Science and Technology recently took on the job of resolving pending proposals aimed at improving internet connection and protecting Filipino internet users. This article examines the Senate's dedication to improving cybersecurity measures, as well as the necessity of safeguarding the nation's economic stability, national security, and people' privacy.

Recognizing the Increasing Risks

Senator Raffy Tulfo stressed the need of protecting important information infrastructure, recognizing that hackers' destructive operations are growing more sophisticated. The surge in cyberattacks presents enormous hazards not just to individuals, but also to the country's economic and national security. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano shared Tulfo's worries, noting hacking and scamming events involving senators and diplomats. These occurrences emphasize the need of taking proactive steps to counter cybersecurity risks.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology's (DICT) Role

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is critical to the Philippines' cyber-security. According to Undersecretary David Almirol, the DICT is in charge of the cyber-security of various government agencies, public institutions and colleges, government-owned and controlled enterprises, and local government entities. However, owing to the existence of numerous computerization projects and procedures inside several agencies, the DICT has hurdles in speeding the execution of the "Digital Philippines" initiative.

Addressing Vulnerabilities in Equipment

One major issue highlighted throughout the hearing was the possibility of viruses or malware being introduced into government-purchased equipment. Senator Tulfo questioned if such vulnerabilities were protected by safeguards. Undersecretary Almirol recognized the possibility while emphasizing the significance of doing extensive technical assessments before to delivering equipment. The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) were also involved in reviewing and inspecting equipment imports, stressing the need of complete inspections to guarantee cybersecurity.

Request for Intelligence and Confidential Funds

DICT officials asked the Senate and House of Representatives to consider awarding their agency secret and intelligence money in order to successfully battle cyber threats. They underlined the significance of being proactive in cybersecurity and having the capacity to discover and remedy vulnerabilities before they are exploited. The availability of such money would allow the DICT to take preventative actions and give useful information to other institutions about possible cybersecurity concerns.


The Senate's emphasis on bolstering cybersecurity in the Philippines underscores the rising necessity of safeguarding crucial information infrastructure and assuring internet users' safety. The efforts of the Committee on Science and Technology in deliberating pending legislation indicate the Committee's commitment to addressing cybersecurity risks and creating a safe digital environment. The government may strengthen its cybersecurity measures and defend the nation's economic stability, national security, and residents' privacy by awarding the DICT secret and intelligence money.



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