I can understand that the President has the power to appoint anyone capable of holding the position offered to them in a manner that does not prejudice the best interest of the people and that their appointment is tantamount to their particular skill-sets and career experiences so they can perform well with the best of their ability in order to serve the people better.
However, we’ve seen the aggrandizing trend of clueless appointees holding cabinet positions despite having no prior experience in that field or even despite their questionable track-record of corruption. And yet, the President continues to push through and appoint people whenever he liked.
An ex-military man Honasan to head DICT with zero experience on computers
According to the DICT official website. Their official functions and mandate are 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. (RA 10844). Which if you do a quick read through the actual details of the law in the Official Gazette you would notice its policy declarations which are as follows :
(a) To recognize the vital role of information and communication in nation-building;
(b) To ensure the provision of £ strategic, reliable, cost-efficient and. citizen-centric information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, systems and resources as instruments of good governance and global competitiveness;
(c) To ensure universal access to quality, affordable, reliable and secure Id’ services;
(d) To promote the development and widespread use of emerging ICT and foster and accelerate the convergence of ICT and ICT-enabled facilities;
(e) To ensure the availability and accessibility of ICT services in areas not adequately served by the private sector
(f) To foster an ICT sector policy environment that will promote a broad market-led development of the ICT and ICT-enabled services (1CT-ES) sectors, a level playing field, partnership between the public and private sectors, strategic alliance with foreign investors and balanced investments between high-growth and economically-depressed areas;
(g) To promote and assist the development of local ICT content, applications and services which may include support for ICT-based start-up enterprises through strategic partnerships;
(h) To promote the use of ICT for the enhancement of key public services, such as education, public health and safety, revenue generation, and socio-civic purposes;
(i) To encourage the use of ICT for the development and promotion of the country’s arts and culture, tourism and national identity;
(j) To promote digital literacy, ICT expertise, and knowledge-building among citizens to enable them to participate and compete in an evolving 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 confidentiality 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.
So it’s explicitly mentioned that the said department would handle all official policies of the government with respect to the ICT (Information and Communications Technology). As such, it’s only normal that anyone who heads and control the said position should be someone with prior experience and expertise in the field in order so that he or she can better serve the people and improve the ICT problems which plagues the country today.
Which is why under Section 11 of the said law which gave DICT its mandate. It states :
SEC.11. Qualifications. – No person shall be appointed Secretary, Undersecretary, or Assistant Secretary of the Department unless he or she is a citizen and resident of the Philippines, of good moral character, of proven integrity and with at least seven (7) years of competence and expertise in any of the following: information and communications technology, information technology service management, information security management, cybersecurity, data privacy. e-Commerce, or human capital development in the ICT sector.
So clearly, Honasan being an ex-military man and was a coup-plotter who tried to overthrow the Aquino administration through violent means and had since been freed and given amnesty under former President Ramos was absolutely unqualified for this position.
What will Honasan do in DICT? Sit around and wait for his pay-check?
I don’t know, but I’m sure there are more qualified people out there who can work well in this field rather than someone with absolutely zero experience in computers and information technology general to hold this office.
Oh well.. This is how low we can become — We’ve seen that since 2017, Duterte has been bribing senior and former military leaders or anyone who has influence in the military so he can tighten his grip on dissenters and guard against possible ouster. He knows that by the moment he steps down — he and his allies will surely be indicted with hundreds of plunder allegations.
But right now — these Duterte suckers will suck the nation’s coffers dry, relax and enjoy the benefits of the tragic gullibility of Filipinos.