- Former Globe Telecom chief legal counsel Rodolfo Salalima was named DICT Secretary
- He will be the first Secretary of the newly-created Department of Information and Communication Technology
- Salalima is a former law school classmate of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte
President-elect named the former chief legal counsel of Globe Telecom to become the very first Secretary of the newly-formed Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).
Lawyer Rodolfo Salalima, who is also Duterte’s former classmate in the San Beda College of Law, worked in Globe since 1993, eventually becoming senior vice president for corporate and regulatory affairs until his retirement in 2008. He has since taken on the role of chief legal counsel and senior advisor as consultant to the telecommunication company.
“We are happy to share with you latest news about the appointment [of Salalima as] the 1st DICT Secretary,” Globe wrote in a statement that was earlier published by Rappler.
Salalima has over 40 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, having served in different capacities under various organizations such as the Radio Communications of the Philippines (RCPI), Executive Committee of the National ICT Advisory Council, and the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators Incorporated (PCTO).
He also served as the Asia Pacific Representative and Vice Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council Working Group for the Amendment of the ITU Constitution and Convention which oversees telecommunications policies globally.
Salalima also wrote a book titled Telecommunications in the Information Revolution which serves as an extensive treatise and legal guide on the national policy on telecommunications.
The DICT is the newest government agency created after President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10884 which carved the new Department out of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and mandating it to oversee the country’s IT policy.
It is also expected streamline government processes, such as applying for and issuing permits, licenses, land titles, and other documents, online.