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Rodolfo Salalima steps down as DICT secretary

Adrian M. Reodique | Sept. 22, 2017
Due to “personal and work-related reasons.”

Rodolfo Salalima steps down as DICT secretary
Credit: Adrian M. Reodique 

Rodolfo Salalima has resigned as the secretary of the Philippines' Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) due to "personal and work-related reasons", Malacañang confirmed yesterday (21 September 2017).

In a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Salalima has already filed his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte. However, "there is no official word from the Office of the Executive Secretary as to whether the President has accepted Secretary Salalima's offer to resign."

President Duterte also confirmed Salalima's resignation During a press conference in Marawi City yesterday. While the President said he would still talk to Salalima, he revealed that he is now looking for another person to replace the Secretary.

Salalima was appointed as the first secretary of DICT in June 2016. 

During his term, Salalima oversaw the creation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) Migration Plan, as well as the launch of the National Government Portal (NGP), free internet access in MRT and some parts of EDSA, and the relaunch of the Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places (FWPP) project or Pipol Konek. 


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