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NICP To Help Boost Countryside ICT Job Share

2018 NICP Officers with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Innovation Program Manager Emmy Lou Delfin as inducting officer.

Countryside champions aim to capture fifty percent of the direct jobs from the additional 700,000 new jobs in information and communications technology (ICT) as targeted by the Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap 2022. 

This is about 350,000 new jobs outside of Metro Manila and going to the provinces. For almost twenty years, an estimated seventy percent of the ICT jobs are concentrated in Metro Manila.

The 2018 set of officers of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), the mother organization of ICT councils representing regions, cities, and provinces in the countryside, convened recently to forge its directions for 2018 as its mark its tenth year of corporate existence in 2018.

Incoming president Antonio Del Carmen of the Laguna Industry Network for Knowledge, Innovation, and Technology (LINK-IT) said the goal of NICP this year is to strengthen its relationship with all industry associations especially those who are actively involved in human resource development.

NICP aims for a stronger positioning of provincial locations for global services to be fueled by more active ICT councils that clearly understand their roles and set their directions. NICP and its member councils shall work together to accelerate enabling conditions, such as infrastructure, government processes, and business environment better and lobby for investors incentives especially in provincial areas, where a high sense of business confidence must be in place.

Another important factor to achieve the numbers for jobs in 2022 is to upgrade the talent ecosystem, pivoting to higher value skills and opportunities by working closely with the industry and education sector.

A longtime aspiration of NICP has always been to create a balance growth between Metro Manila and provincial locations for ICT jobs and opportunities and today we are seeing that growth, partly because of the relentless efforts and commitment of NICP through its ICT councils to really push for strategies to attract and sustain jobs in their respective locations these past ten years,  Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, co-founder and past president of NICP said.

Other elected officers include Batapa-Sigue of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) as Vice president, Rosemarie Quinto-Rey of Albay ICT Association – Legazpi ICT Council as secretary, Rob Enriquez of Bataan ICT Council as treasurer and immediate past president Stephanie Caragos of Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council as the auditor.  

Efren Daniel De Leon of Bicol ICT Council, Wilfredo Sa-a, Jr. of Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O), Michael Tiu-Lim of Zamboanga ICT Council, Joanne Phillips of Bohol ICT Council, and Roberto Tinsay of Malaybalay ICT Council complete the ten-men board for 2018.  


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