22 June 2018, Davao City: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses with DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. (seated second from left) and with officers of the Chief Information Officers Forum (CIOF) and CIOF Foundation after delivering the Keynote Address for the 2018 National ICT Summit at SMX Convention Centrer.

National ICT Month 2019 closes with successful National ICT Summit at Novotel

Quezon City (June 30) -- Over 400 delegates trooped last 25-26 June 2019 to Novotel Manila Araneta Center to celebrate National ICT Summit 2019 as the culminating event of June as the annual National ICT Month.

The delegates were composed of government CIOs, ICT managers and executives from national government agencies, LGUs, SUCs, electric cooperatives, and other concerned sectors.

The Summit revolved around the theme “Accelerating Government Digital Transformation” (#SeeICTDifferently) to highlight the urgent need for government to level up its digital transformation journey amidst the increasing digitalization of the global economy.

The event also addressed the local challenges of government data integrity and reliability for mobile services involving payments, passports, civil registries, health, education, elections, and other frontline services. Topics revolved around digital transformation framework, data-driven social services, new and emerging technologies, LGU digital transformation experiences and best practices, and innovative market-place solutions for government digitization.

The success of the event followed in the wake of last year’s NICT Summit in Davao City with no less than President Duterte as keynote speaker.

The event was jointly organized by CIO Forum and CIOF Foundation in close coordination with DICT, which issued on 24 May department circular 2019-001 enjoining government agencies and instrumentalities to participate in the annual month-long observance of June as National ICT Month per presidential proclamation 1521 series of 2008.

Electric Cooperatives send largest delegation to NICT Summit 2019

A total of 124 delegates from electric cooperatives throughout the country comprised the biggest group among some 400 attendees to the 2019 National ICT Summit held 25-26 June at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. This huge attendance was facilitated by the NEA Memorandum to ECs 2019-030 issued by Administrator Edgardo R. Masongsong enjoining participation and attendance in DICT-initiated events celebrating National ICT Month.

CIOs Converge at 2019 CIOF 1st General Membership Meeting and Conference March 28 at Crowne Plaza

Some 80 chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers from government met last March 28, 2019 for the year's first general membership meeting and conference of the CIO Forum Inc. (CIOF) at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.

The Conference focused on the theme "Public Finance Management for eGovernance".

Our CIOF Goal for 2019

Message from the CIOF President:

Greetings from the CIOF Board of Trustees!

We embrace 2019 with a more passionate commitment to work closely with DICT and with our partner organization CIOF Foundation, our industry partners, and other stakeholders to help accelerate the digital transformation process in government.

This is imperative if our country must keep pace with global developments and still secure a decent future for our people as articulated in Ambisyon Natin 2040 and its promise of a comfortable life for our citizens.

It is vital for us incumbent government CIOs to mobilize ourselves under the auspices of the CIO Council envisioned by Republic Act No. 10844 of 2016. To this end, CIOF will work closely with the DICT Secretary for the immediate activation of the CIO Council and the sectoral and industry task forces likewise mandated by by R.A. 10844.

We expect our government CIOs to be more active not only with CIOF but with their agency ICT initiatives in close coordination with DICT’s programs and thrusts, the better for us to achieve more synergy. For instance, as DBM rolls out the Budget and Treasury Management System (BTMS) throughout the bureaucracy within six months, the active support of CIOs will help BTMS’ smooth integration into government operations.

For 2019, we hope to institutionalize active sharing by CIOF members of agency best ICT practices during our quarterly general membership meetings and the National ICT Summit in June 2019.

See you in our GMMs and special CIOF events!


DBM Undersecretary and CIOF President

Year-Round Themes and Events

2019 Overall Theme: "Strengthening Government Data Platforms and Services"

  • March Theme: "Public Finance Management for eGovernance"
  • June NICT Summit Theme: "Accelerating Government Digitization"
  • September Theme: "Institutionalizing Cyber-Security Culture in Government"
  • December Theme: "Closer Look at eGMP Progress"