Local ICT councils eye 350,000 countryside ICT jobs by 2022

Countryside champions are aiming to capture 50 percent of the direct jobs from the additional 700,000 new jobs in information and communications technology (ICT) as targeted by the Philippine IT Roadmap 2022.

The 2018 NICP officers with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) innovation program manager Emmy Lou Delfin as inducting officer (extreme left)

The 2018 NICP officers with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) innovation program manager Emmy Lou Delfin as inducting officer (extreme left)

This translates to about 350,000 new jobs outside of Metro Manila and going to the provinces. For about two decades, about 70 percent of the jobs in the sector is concentrated in Metro Manila.

The new set of officers of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), the umbrella 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 organizational goal of NICP this year is to develop a more conducive relationship with all industry associations especially those who are actively involved in human resource development and calibration.

Among them is a stronger positioning of provincial locations for global services. Another springboard 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.

Other elected officers include Jocelle 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 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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