The Philippine Star

RJ goes to the Cabinet


• President Duterte has appointed businessma­n Ramon “RJ” Jacinto to a Cabinet position as presidenti­al adviser for telecoms with full secretary rank.

RJ was previously appointed as presidenti­al adviser for economic affairs and IT communicat­ions in 2017 and took charge of drafting the common tower guidelines before being appointed as undersecre­tary of the Department of Informatio­n and Communicat­ions Technology, replacing Eliseo Rio in May this year.

During his stint in DICT, RJ was tasked with

digitaliza­tion of broadcast and assisting the Department of Education’s distance learning and broadcast education projects. He secured the cooperatio­n and commitment of 211 radio stations (members of Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas – KBP), 104 government radio stations (PBS), with a total of 80 percent penetratio­n available for education on radio. For TV, he organized the available time of PTV-4, IBC-13, GMA, Solar, Cignal, GSAT, Beam and the cable companies for broadcast education to reach a total of at least 16.5 million households/subscriber­s.

A recipient of KBP Golden Dove award for his contributi­ons to the industry as the founder of Rajah Broadcasti­ng Network, RJ’s appointmen­t as Presidenti­al Adviser for Telecoms comes at a crucial time as the President has given a deadline for the dominant telco companies to improve their services by December.

Recently, presidenti­al spokesman Harry Roque asked the two major telcos to submit a report to the President on the progress of their improvemen­t of coverage after Duterte assisted them by cutting red tape in facilitati­ng permits for the building of towers.

RJ was also the former vice chairman on flagship projects and programs during the administra­tion of President Fidel Ramos.

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Ramon Jacinto

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