MANILA, Philippines – Incoming president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has chosen Atty. Ivan John Uy as his administration’s Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) head.
According to the Chief Information Officers Forum (CIOF) official website, Atty. Uy’s other notable credentials among many others are the following:
- Graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1988
- Legal Management graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University
- Took up advanced studies in the university of Minnesota as a U.S. Government Fellow under the Hubert H. Humphrey program of the Fullbright Foundation
- Served as chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) during President Benigno Aquino III’s administration
- Served as the chief information officer at the Supreme Court during justice Hilario Davide Jr.’s term, and is responsible for the SC’s digitalization shift
The CIOF stated that Atty. Uy “distinguished himself in the use of information and technology to improve transparency and accountability in the Philippine judiciary.”
In line with this, among the incoming DICT Secretary’s goals is to establish a 24/7 electronic-government service that Filipinos can access anytime at any day of the week.
Through this, Uy says transactions will be more convenient and simplified for the public as long queues are avoided; corruption involved in the processing of documents will be hindered as personal interactions are limited.
“Let’s admit it, there are times that several unscrupulous individuals take advantage. They delay the release of papers unless they are given money to speed up the process or they are holding on to it. Corruption, we mean to end that,” Uy said in his interview with The Manila Times.
He also mentioned that he aims to have just one system that will handle all government agencies.
Being an “established expert and lecturer on computer forensics, cyber crime, electronic device, e-commerce and digital ethics” as mentioned by the CIOF as well, Uy will also be giving much attention to cybercrime prevention, while promoting cyber hygiene and education to counter cyber illiteracy.