Let’s get to know one of the most decorated Electronics Engineer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Former NTC Commissioner and now DICT Undersecretary and OIC of DICT :Brig. General Eliseo M. Rio Jr. (Ret)
BGen. Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. was appointed as Undersecretary for Special Concerns last September 13, 2016 at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer (ECE) and was one of the topnotches (4th place) in ECE Licensure Examination conducted in 1971.
He served the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and is now a retired Brigadier General. He held various positions in the AFP Research and Development Center (AFPRDC) from September 1968 to April 1969. USec. Rio was assigned with Communication Company, 4th Inf Division, in Mindanao from 16 October 1969 to May 1971.
He was selected as the “Most Outstanding Professional in the Field of Electronics and Communication for the Year 2002” by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Undersecretary Rio was a former Commissioner at the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). One of his significant accomplishments in NTC was the surfacing the way to the proliferation of Call Centers and BPO’s Industry, now 2nd of the country’s top biggest dollar earners next to OFW remittances, by enacting in year 2002, NTC MC 08-07-2002:-Rules And Regulations Authorizing Entities Other Than Public Telecommunications Entities To Install And Operate Public Calling Stations/Offices And Telecenters.
SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS FORMER NTC COMMISSIONER
February 2001 to October 2002: (1 year and 7 months)
Extend the Provisional Authority (PA) of Globe and Smart, and other entities like rural telephone, cable TV and broadcast from one to three years. Having to renew their PA yearly, aside from being a source of corruption, hinders the growth of these industries because the entities could not borrow enough funds on a PA that will expire before the funds can be paid. With a 3-year PA, Telcos were able to generate funds for a more massive roll-out, such that telcos industries growth was steepest during his tenure.
Settled the interconnection issues of the Telcos that have burdened the industry since Martial law
Did not buckle down from pressures to increase SMS rates, thus making the Philippines the texting capital of the world.
He allowed the entry of a third player (Sun Cellular), to which the resulting competition brought down further the subscription rates of both voice and SMS in the industry.
Minimized corruption in NTC so that for the first time in its history, NTC’s collection breached the Billion pesos mark, almost double the average yearly NTC’s collection since its establishment.
Minimized crimes involving cellphone theft by requiring the Telcos, in spite of their strong objections, to block the IMEI numbers of reported stolen phones.
Paved the way to the proliferation of Call Centers and BPO’s, now 2nd of the country’s biggest dollar earners, by enacting in year 2002, NTC MC 08-07-2002:- Rules And Regulations Authorizing Entities Other Than Public, Telecommunications Entities To Install And Operate Public Calling Stations/Offices And Telecenters.
Established the One-Stop-Shop in all regional offices of NTC nationwide, where complaints, applications, and other routine activities can be filed with results/feedback available after not more than two working days.
1.Research Staff, AFP Research and Development Center (AFPRDC) – September 1968 to April 1969.
2.Instructor, Phil Military Academy, and handled EE, Physics, and Mathematics – June 1971 to July 1974.
3.Member, Project Team , in Missile Guidance Technologyin MBB, Munich, West Germany- August 1974 to 30 July 1975.
4.Head of the Electronics Division, Office of the President for the Sta. Barbara Project from August 1975 to January 1982.
5.Assistant General Manager, GEMCOR, Ministry of Public Works and Highways from January 1982 to February 1985.
6.Head, Communication-Electronics R&D Group, AFPRDC from February 1985 to May 1988.
7.Group Commander, Military Intelligence Group (MIG) 21, Communication and Electronics Technical Intelligence Group, Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) from April 1988 to March 1992.
8.Defense and Armed Forces Attaché, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from April 1992 to November 1995.
9.Assistant Chief of Staff for Communication, Electronics and Information System (G11), Philippine Army, from November 1995 to February 1998.
10. 10.Commandant, Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Philippine Army from February 1998 to June 1999.
11.Brigadier General , Armed Forces of the Philippines July, 1999
12.Chief of Electronics and Information Systems Service (AFPCEISS), – July 1999 to March 2000.
13.Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Electronics and Information Systems, Armed Forces of the Philippines (J11) from April 2000 to October 2000.
14.Retired from the AFP with the rank of Brigadier General, 27 October 2000.
15.Commissioner of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) from February 2001 to October 2002.
16. 16.Independent Member of the Board BayanTel from November 2004 to January 2006.
17.Chairman of the Board, NextMobile (formerly Nextel, Philippines) from February 2006 to January 2007.
18.Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Department of Information Communication Technology
4th Place, Electronics and Communications Engineering Board Exam, Professional Regulations Commission 1971
Eight (8) Military Commendation Medal (MCM) for exemplary execution of military duty of soldiers.
Twelve (12) Military Merit Medal (MMM) for a single act of meritorious service either in a duty responsibility or in direct support of military operations.
Two (2) Bronze Cross Medal for Bravery for “heroism involving risk of life” or other extraordinary bravery not involving direct combat with the enemy.
Three (3) Distinguished Service Star (DSS). The DSS is the third highest military award of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and is awarded for eminently meritorious and valuable service rendered while holding a position of great responsibility.
Outstanding Achievement Medal by the President of the Philippines. The medal is presented “…for distinguished or extraordinary achievement or service in the advancement of science or in socio-economic, technical or military fields related to national defense, or for public service of the highest order.”
Presidential Citation for Outstanding Scientific Achievements. Award given by the President of the Philippines to outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the country’s development.
“Best Military Intelligence Group (MIG) Commander, ISAFP” – 1990.
Presidential Citation from President Corazon Aquino for the major role of Military Intelligence Group (Comm-Electronics Technical Intelligence Group, ISAFP) in effectively neutralizing coups threats and personalities against the government in 1989-90.
“Most Outstanding Professional in the Field of Electronics and Communication for the Year 2002” by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
2003 Most Outstanding University of the East Alumnus in the Field of Engineering