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PIA Press Release
2008/11/25

Iligan holds 1st National Summit of ICT Councils

Iligan City (25 November) -- Local communication and information technology (ICT) councils and foundations have proliferated in cities and municipalities across the country, in response to the rapid development of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.

The potential of these local organizations for enhancing the competitiveness of the BPO industry will be the focus of the 1st National Summit of ICT Councils, which will be held at the Maria Cristina Hotel in Iligan City from November 25 to 26.

The summit is organized by the Iligan Information and Communications Technology Council (IICTC, or Iligan eCouncil), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), and the Iligan City chamber of commerce, with support from USAID's Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program.

"This event is expected to lead to the formation of a National ICT Council, to serve as an umbrella for networking and coordinating the activities of local organizations," said Dr. Emmanuel Lagare, IICTC chairman.

"These councils have sprung up outside Metro Manila and Cebu, in areas which seek to attract BPO investment as the industry expands," Lagare added.

Plenary sessions will present successful public-private partnerships in ICT development in different regions of the Philippines, as well as labor requirements for BPO operations.

There will also be in-depth analyses of the "next wave cities" of Cebu, Iloilo, Bicol and Davao, which have been identified by the Business Process Outsourcing Association (BPAP) of the Philippines as "attractive locations around the country that have the potential to host an ICT ecosystem by leveraging on local talent and infrastructure."

Already, urban centers with promising labor pools and expanding infrastructure, such as General Santos, Zamboanga and Iligan, are gearing up for inclusion in the succeeding tier of "next wave cities."

Iligan City houses one of the country's top technical schools, the Iligan Institute of Technology (IIT), on its Mindanao State University campus. Conference participants will be able to visit the campus and popular tourist spots in the city, such as Tinago Falls, Ma. Cristina Nature Park, and Timoga Spring Pools. (GEM-PIA XI) [top]

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