Thursday, October 30, 2008

Stronger IT To Strengthen Davao's Role As Region's Business Hub

Davao City can only become more competitive with the strengthening of the city's Information and Communications Technology sector.

This was bared by ICT Davao, Inc. president Lizabel Holganza, who said a stronger ICT sector will contribute to the city's competitiveness as a business hub in the region. Holganza is also the chairperson of the ICT Industry Cluster of Davao Region.

The industry is positioning itself as the ICT hub of the south and Holganza said this is very possible considering the many word class facilities as well as the highly-competent workforce in the city. These, she said, are competitive advantages that will lure ICTs to locate in Davao despite the challenges Mindanao is facing including the isolated conflicts in the island.

The National Telecommunications Commission through Memorandum No. 05-05-200 declared Davao as an IT Hub after the Commission on Information and Communications Technology gave the city 82 out of 90 points. The CICT was created in 2004 by virtue of Executive Order 269 primarily to streamline and implement and the various government plans and programs related to ICT.

Holganza said the city's ICT strength is being developed and strengthened with the continuous trainings being conducted among its stakeholders. Such training was conducted for the city's ICT stakeholders (both from the private and government sectors) at the Apo View Hotel last September 12.

The city is a very attractive destination not only for ICT locators but for other businesses as well and the the ICT sector in the city aims to strengthen that foothold Holganza said.

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