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Mindanao eyes own IT-enabling facility

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (7 September) -- Mindanao will have its own IT enabling facility where Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSME) can access and upgrade their skills and become competitive.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Engr. Merly Cruz said the setting up of the facility is in partnership with their office and the Philippine National Information Technology Standards (PHILNITS), Foundation, Inc. and the Japan External Trade Relations Organization (JETRO).

The PHILNITS IT Business Center in Mindanao will be launch formally on Septembe 18, 2007 at 5:00 PM at the Grand Ballroom of Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City.

The PHILNITS office is located at the DTI XI, 5th Floor Mintrade Building at Monterverde-Sales Streets this city.

Cruz said with the center operating here, the MSME can improve their skills as they are provided with productivity tools, entrepreneurship program and skills training on new technologies.

The center, she said, aims to promote PHILNITS certification program in the Mindanao area.

It also aims to upgrade the quality of education in the Mindanao region by adopting internationally recognized IT standards for its IT professionals and help generate employment for PHILNITS certified professionals in Japanese companies located here and in Japan.

In an earlier report Cruz disclosed that not one from Mindanao was able to pass the certification that was given last April 2007.

She said with the center available here to Davao's professionals and new graduates on IT courses, they can participate in seminars and lectures before taking the certification test.

She said they also would like to tap other IT professionals for them to be given the chance for possible job placements here and abroad with the assistance of the PHILNITS. (PIA XI) [top]

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