The Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recognises ICDL and its certification programme in the Republic of the Philippines.
On 4 March 2015, DICT officially launched the ICDL Programme in the Philippines. The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between DICT and ICDL Asia was signed by Hon. Louis Napoleon Casambre, the Executive Director of DICT Undersecretary, and Ms Tina Wu, the General Manager of ICDL Asia.
With this MoA, DICT became the first government institution in the Philippines to be accredited as an Accredited Test Centre (ATC) for ICDL modules.
DICT is the government’s lead implementing agency in all ICT- related efforts, with special focus on areas of industry development; policy; infrastructure development; research and development; capacity building of the public sector; the administration of the E-Government Fund; and projects such as ‘Internet for All’ and Cybersecurity.
Its strategic functions include capacity building; provision of training courses in ICT related fields to enhance competitiveness of human resources; professionalisation of ICT human resources through the development of national ICT competency standards and issuance of proficiency certification; identification of government personnel qualifications and other standards for development and operation of ICT services and infrastructure; and collaboration across all sectors of the Philippine society.
The DICT-Competency Unit, headed by Ms Maria Lourdes Aquilizan with support from Ms Yvette Cabrera, manages the ICDL Programme. As early as February 2015, ICTO has started with the profiling of its employees (starting with the senior managers) to assess the level of capacities, in line with their vision of becoming, not only ICDL certified personnel, but also a certified workplace as well.