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TechBlade Year Ender Part 1: Top 5 Regional Stories of 2016

TechBlade advocates the regional expansion on the use of science and technology in order that these will be the engine of regional development. 2016 has been an exciting year with regards to these efforts made by key people and local government units in cooperation with public and private institutions.

1. Bacolod City chosen as Key Information Resource Area

The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) has chosen Bacolod City as one of the key information resource areas under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Roadmap 2022.  

The Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) was requested for support in the development and implementation of the roadmap by the IBPAP. 

This would entail the holding of data collation, focus group discussions and meetings that will consult all the stakeholders in the IT-BPO sector under BNEFIT. Participation in various fora and workshops scheduled from May 9 to 13 was also requested.

“We are now preparing the ICT Roadmap 2022 in the midst of rapid technological advances that have drastically altered our business environment,” was disclosed by Penny Bongato, executive director for Talent Development and Research of IBPAP.

2. Victorias City to Rise as Cyber City

Playtech Industries, a 10 billion dollar conglomerate that supplies online gaming software solutions is set to arrive on July this year to pledge and commit investments to Victorias City that includes developments in the ICT sector and a cyber school.

This was disclosed by Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca after taking his oath of office before Silay City Judge Eunice Tan Cuansing and witnessed by Israeli Ambassador Effuie Ben Mityayau.

Playtech, an Israeli conglomerate is one of the key players in the world with regards to online gaming solutions. Victorias City is envisioned to be a cyber city in partnership with the Israeli government. 

3. Iriga Targets 5 Thousand New ICT Jobs

The Iriga Rinconada ICT Council is set to pursue strategies to generate at least 5,000 jobs enabled by information and communications technology (ICT) in Iriga City, Camarines Sur,  by 2022.

During a capabilities development conference held in Naga City Friday, July 29, members of the Iriga Rinconada ICT Council led by Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor identified specific steps to create more awareness on ICT in their area, engage all stakeholders, especially the academe and business sectors, to develop Iriga's ecosystem for ICT-enabled jobs.

4. Eastern Visayas to Host National ICT Summit

Tacloban City and the Province of Leyte will be this year’s host of the National ICT Summit organized by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP). 

The Regional Information and Communications Technology Committee – Eastern Visayas Federation for Information Technology (RICTC-EVFIT) will be hosting the eight staging of the annual summit on November 10 and 11, 2016 in Tacloban City and in the Municipality of Palo, Province of Leyte.

5. Bacolod cited as “beacon” for other LGUs for ICT

Bacolod City’s multi-stakeholder model of Bacolod City in generating information and communications technology (ICT) jobs and opportunities today serves as a guide and example for other cities and provinces, says former councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue. This was after the city received one of only six awards during the 1st Flare Awards organized by the Information Technology-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) last Friday, October 28 at the Marriot Hotel, Pasay City.

Receiving the award in behalf of the city government was Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang and former Bacolod councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue in behalf of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), the official ICT council of Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

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