The Philippine Government Needs a CIO

When I see the Philippine government attempt such boneheaded IT projects as the National Broadband Network, I am convinced the Philippine government needs a chief information officer to steer their IT projects in the right direction. As it stands, decision-making for government IT projects is just one big mess: witness the insane number of functionally unrelated government executives (and even one executive’s spouse!) embroiled in the NBN controversy.

As much as I disagree with Senator Loren Legarda’s misguided attempt to censor the Internet, I must agree with her push to create a Department of Information and Communications Technology. The secretary of that department would effectively become the government’s CIO. With one person in charge of IT projects, the government wouldn’t have so many extraneous individuals with extraneous interests meddling in IT decisions.

Loren Legarda Pushes for Department of ICT

After speaking before the Philippine Internet Commerce Society, Philippine Senator Loren Legarda speaks to The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Erwin Oliva about her bill to create the Department of Information and Communications Technology. That’s me in the background chatting with Googlers Aileen Apolo and Franklin Naval.