Digital Connection - DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Yu-Lamentillo

November 14, 2022 – Alike Editorial

Before, she was busy inspecting the roads, bridges, flood control projects, schools, and other infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program, now Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo is bent on finding ways to improve the country’s digital connectivity as Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The Secretary of The Commission on Appointments (CA), Sec. Ivan John Uy, appoints Anna Mae Yu-Lamentillo as Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Last August, Lamentillo officially joined the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. when she was appointed Assistant Secretary of DICT. Now, she has been promoted to Undersecretary of the Department.

Lamentillo believes it is high time to fast track the improvement of the country’s digital infrastructure. “The world is evolving at a high speed and we must keep up.”

As head of the DICT’s Information and Strategic Communications Division (ISCD) and the International Cooperation Division (ICD), Lamentillo is in charge of the Department’s strategic communications and media; international relations, particularly exploring partnerships with other nations through cooperation and exchange of knowledge, technical expertise, and best practices in digitalization; as well as coordinating with the Legislative Branch—the Senate and the House of Representatives—to further the Department’s legislative agenda.

As Undersecretary, she will supervise more divisions in the Department, but she is more than ready to take on greater tasks in order to help fulfill President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s goal of bridging the digital divide and advancing e-governance.

“Much more needs to be done to accelerate digital connectivity and improve the government’s digitalization efforts. As Undersecretary of DICT, I hope to provide more support to Secretary Ivan John Uy in fulfilling the Department’s mandate. Improving our digital infrastructure and providing internet connectivity to all our communities mean opening more opportunities for Filipinos to have a better life. While the task at hand will be greater, I am thankful for President Bongbong Marcos’ continued trust in me,” she said.

Being in charge of a great task is not new to her. She was, after all, the chairperson of the Build, Build, Build committee under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) during the Duterte Administration. Now, with the Marcos Administration’s goal to Build Better More, she is continuing the work to improve the lives of Filipinos and connect Filipino communities, but this time through digital connectivity.

When she was with the Build, Build, Build, Lamentillo was also the concurrent chairperson of the Infrastructure Cluster Communications Committee. Previously, she worked with both the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in their Haiyan Emergency Response and Rehabilitation Program. She has also worked in both houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

She is the author of “Night Owl”, the book that details the Duterte Administration’s infrastructure accomplishments. She also maintains a column in the Op-Ed section of Manila Bulletin and Esquire Magazine.

Lamentillo graduated cum laude at the University of the Philippines Los Banos with a degree of Development Communications, where she garnered the highest General Weighted Average for Development Journalism Majors and received the Faculty Medal for Academic Excellence. She completed her Executive Education in Economic Development at Harvard Kennedy School and her Juris Doctor program at the UP College of Law.

She has been awarded Natatanging Iskolar Para sa Bayan and Oblation Statute for the Virtues of Industry and Magnanimity. She was named by BluPrint as one of the 50 ASEAN movers and shakers, by Lifestyle Asia as one of the 18 Game Changers, by People Asia as one of 2019’s Women of Style and Substance, and by Alike Media as one of the 50 millennial industry movers in 2020 - the alike50 inaugural edition. -30-

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