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PIA Press Release
2008/07/09

New NorMin ICT czars named

Cagayan de Oro City (9 July) -- National Telecommunications Commission Regional Director Ted Buenavista, Jr., and Pueblo de Oro's President Rodolfo Meñes now assume highest posts in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Region X.

In an election conducted by the Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee (RITECC) last June 23, 2008, Director Buenavista and Mr. Meñes' nominations came unrivaled, thus, making them the Chair and Co-Chair of the newly reconstituted committee without any vote cast.

Director Buenavista announced three major developments in the telecommunication industry such as (1) the deregulation of the rates for value added services that include texting (SMS), etc.; (2) the removal of interconnection charges between local exchange carriers for wireless connections within a local calling area; and (3) the permission for local government units to operate broadband radio networks.

Director Buenavista replaces Director Dimnatang Radia of Telof X who served from 2005 to 2008. Director Radia's able leadership led to the declaration of the Pueblo de Oro IT Park—the first in Mindanao—in no time; and whose dynamism facilitated the creation of ICT Councils in the Local Government Units, particularly Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Bukidnon.

Radia likewise brought ICT to Lanao del Norte by facilitating the installation of a wireless broadband access (WiMax) facility in the area—the second of its kind in the country—and by encouraging the LGU to hold the first LDN ICT Forum. Director Radia was also one of those instrumental in putting Cagayan de Oro in the CyberServices Corridor of the country.

Mr. Meñes, on the other hand, succeeds Engr. Elpie Paras, CEO of PARASAT Cable TV who is undoubtedly the ICT champion of the private sector, as well as, of the whole ICT industry.

RITECC is the recommendatory body of the Regional Development Council (RDC)—the highest planning and policy-making body in the region—on ICT, an industry that covers computing, communication technology and related fields.

It has four technical working groups corresponding to the four ICT clusters. These are (with their newly-elected chairpersons) E-Governance (Dir. Camba of National Computer Center), E-Learning (Dir. Paderanga of CHED), E-Business (Mr. Meñes of Pueblo de Oro) and ICT Infrastructure (Dir. Buenavista of NTC).

Director Buenavista and Mr. Meñes will serve RITECC from 2008 to 2010. (RDC-X/CAP-TF) [top]

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