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Commentary: Aggressive advocacy for IT industry

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (5 September) -- A more aggressive advocacy is needed to change the mindset of people in the South as far as the IT industry sector is concerned.

Lizabel Holganza, external vice president of ICT Davao in an interview during the Talk Mindanao at SM City Davao, said the sector has not been given much focus that up to this time it is not entered as a single preferred investment area of the city.

Although they were advised that such area is already covered under Telecommunication, she said it would be best that specifically the ICT be covered also with incentive.

She bared that they are into committee hearing as the group made representation with the city council to push for an incentive package for ICT investor.

"When incentives are in place it will make us attractive to investors," she said.

She said doing business in ICT has become so reasonable that is why it is high time to come up with strong advocacy.

"We need a resolution to revise the Executive Order so that ICT be included in the city's incentive package but there has always been an obstacle," she said.

She said they already had their first hearing last August 29 and they could only hope that things will move positively.

Holganza said that the ICT business is not energy intensive compared to manufacturing and secondly the resource is already here.

"All that has to be done is change the mindset of people," she said.

She said a lot of people without their knowing are IT enable and it will help them a lot in terms of economic venture.

The demand for the technology is great and the revenue generated is so huge, she said.

She also said that with the incentives it would encourage those individual contractors to come out and eventually become part of the sector that will push the IT sector of the city to high grounds.

Andre Fournier, chair of the ICT Committee of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCII) said that they saw hope with the city's Vice Mayor Sarah Duterte for her openness to the industry.

Fournier said they will continue with their policy advocacy to the Davao City government for the lgu to come up with concrete steps to support the industry. (PIA XI) [top]

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