MANILA -- Former Senator Gringo Honasan’s master’s degree in management makes him fit to lead the cabinet office overseeing telecommunications, Malacañang said Tuesday.
Honasan, who has a Master’s in Business Management at the Asian Institute of Management, took his oath as the new head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology on Monday, replacing its former acting chief Eliseo Rio Jr.
“AIM graduate ito ng management. Eh ano ba ang departamento diba? You need to have expertise in managing a department kasi yung mga expert diyan we can get them as consultants,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.
(He is an AIM graduate with a degree in management. In a department, you need to have expertise in management because experts can be hired as consultants.)
Honasan said he was tasked to head the DICT based on his experience as an administrator, according to Panelo.
“I was appointed not on my experience on this line. I was appointed as a manager, as an administrator,” Panelo quoted Honasan as saying.
Top officials of the DICT are required under the law to have at least 7 years of competence and experience in any of the following: information and communications technology, information technology service management, information security management, cybersecurity, data privacy e-Commerce, or human capital development in the ICT sector.
A former rebel soldier who helped install the late president Corazon Aquino, Honasan later joined a series of revolts against her and was granted amnesty in 1992 by former president Fidel Ramos.
He became a senator in 1995 and was reelected in 2001, 2007, and 2013. Honasan ran for vice president in 2016 but lost alongside his running mate former vice president Jejomar Binay Sr.