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PIA Press Release
2007/04/25

Committee takes bold steps in promoting Eastern Visayas as ICT hub

By Neil D. Lopido

Tacloban City (25 April) -- Aimed to promote Eastern Visayas to be a proactive, dynamic and globally competitive ICT hub, the Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee (RITECC) chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through Director Cynthia Nierras took bold steps during its meeting held recently with its member agencies and private sector representatives.

Foremost to the agenda tackled was the updating and maintenance of the RITECC website, which can now be accessed online linked only to TESDA-8 regional website (http://tesda8.org/ritecc). But the committee will endorse to the Regional Development Council the hosting of the website through EVISNET considering that RITECC is an affiliate committee of the RDC. To be included also in the website is the ICT Statistics that will generate ICT related data.

Director Nierras informed that recently, a Senior Executive of a big American call center, Teletech, visited Leyte to re-evaluate the province’s readiness to host a call center locator and sees the Region to be viable in setting up its office as part of its extension programs.

The RITECC will address the issue of manpower through inventory of human resources in the region based on Personal Information Sheet to include graduates of ICT related courses, those working but willing to work in ICT companies whether full-time or part-time, working in ICT companies but willing to come home, listing of people interested to work in the region, among others.

Tackled also during the meeting were proposed activities for the forthcoming ICT Month in June which includes press conference as part of its awareness and advocacy campaign, ICT Industry-Academe Summit, Advanced Mambo/Joomla Website Development Training, Jobs Fair and ICT Fiesta Expo 2007.

RITECC commits to create Eastern Visayas conducive to the growth of ICT-based enterprises and institutions through the provision of accessible infrastructure, the development of world-class manpower, and the support of a responsive government service. It also commits to maximize the utilization of ICT through established interconnectivity in government, academe, industry, agriculture, households, and the private service sectors for increased productivity and poverty alleviation.

The Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee is an affiliate committee of the Regional Development Council 8, the Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee or RITECC is a multi-sectoral committee composed of 14 govt agencies and 15 private sector representatives who are stakeholders of the ICT Industry. It is tasked to promote and develop the ICT Industry of Region 8. (PIA-8) [top]

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