|RAMON P. SALES is the newly appointed Chairman of the Commission on Information
and Communications Technology (CICT), a Cabinet-ranked position reporting
directly to the President. CICT was created by Executive Order of President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as a transitory body to a Department of ICT that has yet
to be legislated by Congress. It is tasked with the development of ICT in the
Secretary Sales was an IT consultant prior to joining government service in April 2006. Before engaging in consultancy work, he spent most of his professional and business career as a chief information officer. He was an IT executive at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and Citibank Philippines, responsible for the development and execution of the banksí overall IT strategy. He was also part of BPIís mergers and acquisitions division.
Secretary Sales also worked for IBM Philippines where he held various systems engineering and marketing positions. His responsibilities included handling IBMís large accounts in the airlines and banking industries.