Samar wants to become next tech hub, creates ICT council

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The provincial government of Samar, through the Project Monitoring Office and the Provincial Investment and Trade Promotions Office, hosted a Capability Development Workshop last September 3 for the newly created ‘Spark Samar’ ICT Council in Catbalogan City.

Key ICT industry players comprising the ?Spark Samar? ICT council pose for a souvenir photo with ICT countryside advocate Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (2nd from right, 2nd row)

The project was initiated by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in preparation for the implementation of the Rural Impact Sourcing and other ICT programs in the province of Samar.

The activity aims to bring together and capacitate the province?s key ICT industry players in order to achieve the government?s goal of making Samar the next ICT hub in the country. The body is composed of representatives from the national and local government, academe, and business sector.

Dr. Mario Quijano, provincial administrator of Samar, addressing the workshop attendees, emphasized the goal of the province to embrace ICT as a tool to promote economic development, and generate jobs and investments for Samar.

With the available talent supply of Samar, and the cooperation of all stakeholders, bolstered by the support of the provincial government, Quijano hopes to see the council help generate jobs within the province.

ICT countryside advocate Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, co-founder, past president and current vice president of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), served as main resource speaker and facilitator.

Batapa-Sigue highlighted the need for unity to create a digital Philippine countryside powered by Filipino talent with ?Future of Work? skills to push the Philippines among the world?s most future-ready nations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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