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Visayas’ Vision 2019: 100K New IT Jobs

Visayas aim to generate 100,000 new jobs in information and communications technology (ICT) by 2019. This goal was set last Thursday, November 24 and 25, during the annual planning of the Visayas ICT Cluster Organization (VICTOR) of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) held in Iloilo City. 

The planning was attended by various ICT councils in regions VI, VII and VIII are affiliated with NICP, which includes the Iloilo Federation for Information Technology (IFIT), Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT (BNEFIT), Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDFIT), Eastern Visayas Federation for IT (EVFIT), Capiz ICT Council, Aklan ICT Council, ICT Association of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, Antique ICT Council, Bohol ICT Council, Bogo ICT Council, Northern Samar ICT Council and Siquijor ICT Council. 

CEDFIT Executive Director and NICP President Wilfredo Sa-a, Jr. explained the importance of ICT councils in the Visayas in learning from one another and creating strategies to promote their respective locations.

The planning also featured as workshop of IT micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) conducted by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry and consultation by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Visayas. 

The Visayas ICT councils reviewed their plans starting from the first VICTOR summit in 2012. They agreed to unite for a common vision of making the Visayas a premier location for IT-BPM/KPM (business process management and knowledge process management) services by 2019, focusing on six key areas, namely, organizational structure, human resource development, techprenuership, research and development, business environment and marketing and promotions.

Among its major goals is to help develop one technology business incubator (TBI) in every province in all Visayan Regions, design trade missions targeting the ASEAN market, and implement a comprehensive set of programs under the Building A Startup Ecosystem (BASE) program.

BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue shared the Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap 2022 which includes a segment for startups, citing it as a very positive sign to promote and support the development of more startups in the countryside.

For 2017, VICTOR will be holding its 5th Visayas ICT Summit and 3rd Visayas National Creative Congress (CreaCon) in Tagbilaran City, Bohol in February to be hosted by Bohol ICT Council, and the 1st Visayas Startup Convention in July to be hosted by IFIT in Iloilo City. 

Source: JBS

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