DICT backs NTC’s streamlining of permit process for fiber optic cable deployment

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2020   •   729

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday expressed support for the initiative of its attached agency, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to streamline the permitting process for the installation of fiber optic cables.

The DICT said the NTC is requesting concerned government agencies to streamline the permitting processes for fiber optic cables similar to Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 s. 2020, which streamlines the issuance of permits, licenses, and certificates for the construction of shared passive telecommunications tower infrastructure.

These concerned agencies were the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

The move seeks to facilitate seamless integration of fiber optic cable and wireless technologies that are both critical components of the country’s broadband network, it added.

“The DICT is currently fast-tracking the implementation of the National Broadband Program – our Department’s initiative in building a government-owned broadband network for better, more affordable and more extensive Internet connectivity in the country,” DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said in a statement.

“We welcome all initiatives that will complement the NBP, including efforts to improve ICT infrastructures in the private sector side,” he added.

The NTC said in its letter to the DICT and the said concerned agencies that the joint memorandum circular signed in July this year has proven to be effective in facilitating the addition of required base towers in the Philippines leading to improvements in wireless coverage and technologies.

The DICT said the NTC also aims to fast-track the deployment of fiber optic networks, the fundamental telecommunication infostructure needed to address the country’s ICT needs along with addressing the wireless component of telecommunications.

NTC said it is presently coordinating with the DPWH for possible amendments in Department Order No. 73 s. 2014 which provides for guidelines for right-of-way concerns in the deployment of fiber optic networks along national roads and bridges.

DICT releases 138,000 COVID-19 vaccination certificates

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has released 138,000 vaccination certificates since VaxCertPH was launched last month.

DICT Undersecretary Manny Caintic said that the number of released certificates came from the 225,000 vaccine certificate requests received throughout the country.

On Saturday (September 25), the DICT announced it will expand its pilot rollout of VaxCertPH to other areas including Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Metro Cebu, and Davao Region.

Dito sa mga regions na ito dito kami nagtutok. Dito tayo nagpatulong sa mga local government units na mag-set up ng data rectification booth, ibig sabihin kung mayroong isang magrereklamo na wala pa rin ang record niya sa vaccine immunization registry, pwedeng tulungan sila ng ilang LGU (We focused on these regions. We will seek the assistance of local government units to set up data rectification booths, so that if there is a complaint about a missing record in the vaccine immunization registry, the LGUs can help),” Caintic said.

Meanwhile, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and international travelers were given priority in the issuance of certificates.

VaxCertPH is a portal launched by the DICT and the Department of Health (DOH) which provides digital vaccination certificates to vaccinated individuals. AAC

DICT to launch digital vaccination certificate in September

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to launch ‘Vax Cert PH,’ a portal where Filipinos can generate their digital vaccination certificate that can be used in contactless transactions amid the threat of COVID-19.

The project is in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The DICT plans to release the ‘Vax Cert PH’ in the first week of September.

‘Vax Cert PH’ requires an individual to encode his or her name and other vaccination information such as the date of the first and second dose of COVID shots as well as the brand administered.

The portal can be accessed by providing the needed information and the system will look for the record.

After entering required details,  the portal will provide the applicant the requested digital vaccination card or certificate.

In case the information being searched is not found, the individual may approach his or her local government for assistance.

“Kapag nag-match, agad-agaran nya pong makukuha yung kanyang vaccine certificate, Kung hindi man, may contact center na tatawag sa kanila at aalalayan sila para makuha ito at kung sakaling hindi pa rin mahanap ang kanilang record. Posibleng hindi pa naipadala ng ng LGU ang kanilang record,” explained DICT Undersecretary Manny Caintic.

“Huwag magaalala kasi tinuturuan namin ang mga LGU ngayon kung paano matulungan ang kanilang mga constituent sa pagkuha at pag rectify at pagayos ng kanilang mga datos,” he added.

The DICT was tasked to design and create the portal while the DOH manages the public’s vaccination records.

Currently, the DICT is conducting a full training among LGU representatives on how to handle the system.

“Hintay lang ng konti, okay na ang system handa na sya sana at naka integrate na ito sa Wolrd Health Organization Countries kaso lang gusto lang natin ng sapat na panahon para magkaroon ng kumpiyansa ang ating mga LGU,” Caintic said.

The official said the digital vaccination certificate has security features to prevent forging and the agency assured the said digital certificate will be recognized in other countries as it is based on the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Ang vaccine information data ay talagang iisa lang ang source at ito po ay pinoproteksyunan sa pagtutulungan po namin at ang pag-i-issue po ng vaccine certificate ay privately encrypted at ito’y hawak lang po ng Department of Health,” Caintic said.

The DICT confirmed that most LGUs have already submitted their records on COVID vaccination with Metro Manila having the highest compliance rate. MNP (with reports from Marvin Calas)

DICT targets to launch ‘VaxCertPH’ by September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) on Thursday (August 19) announced that it targets to launch “VaxCertPH” by the first week of September.

“VaxCertPH” is the portal for the issuance of digital vaccination certificates for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Caintic, during a virtual public briefing, said the department is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in making sure the digital vaccination certificates will fit the standards set by the World Health Organization.

Caintic said only the health department can issue the said certificates to avoid counterfeits.

Kagandahan ng digital certificate ay makakasigurado ang ibang bansa na ito ay issued by the country’s ministry of health (What’s good about this digital certificate is that other countries can be assured that it is issued by the country’s ministry of health),” he said.

Caintic also said that the digital certificates are privately encrypted to make sure vaccine information is protected.

The DICT official said the department is currently coordinating with local government units (LGU) to make sure they are trained enough in collecting and submitting their constituents’ vaccination data.

Inuturuan po natin ang mga LGUs ngayon kung paano matulungan ang kanilang constituents sa pagkuha at pag-ayos ng kanilang mga datos (We are training LGUs on how to assist their constituents in collecting and organizing their data),” Caintic said. AAC

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