9 Digital cities launch 5-year roadmaps

Nine of thirty one cities ascribed as “digital cities” June of last year in 25 different locations successfully launched their five-year roadmaps last Monday, June 28.

In a virtual ceremony organized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the ICT stakeholders of Balanga, Batangas, General Santos, Iligan, Legazpi, Puerto Proncesa, Taytay Rizal, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga presented their respective roadmaps to investors.

The DICT through its ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB) in partnership with the Information Technology and Business Proces Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC)  launched the Digital Cities Program a year ago to support the growth of digital jobs in the countryside.

The program recognized these locations as potential sites for information technology business process management (IT-BPM) companies outside of Metro Manila based on four major metrics – talent, business environment, infrastructure and cost of doing business. The insights and data from stakeholders were gathered through a series of design thinking and strategic planning workshops.

DICT IIDB Head Emmy Lou Delfin worked with two countryside champions in the development of the roadmaps. Former president of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and former president of the Information Technology Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and professional coach Jose Mari Mercado.

Official copies of the roadmaps will be made available at the website of IBPAP and DICT within July. Below are the cover designs of the roadmaps and excerpts of the executive summary.

Balanga is one of the youngest cities in the country today that basks under the brightness of a vibrant province – Bataan. The strong collaboration between the city and the province underpins the potential of Balanga to jumpstart its digital ecosystem. She currently enjoys the support of big industry locators and homegrown players in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry which are committed to work with Balanga’s leadership to increase more digital jobs in the city and to calibrate the skills of its workforce.
Batangas City’s transformation as one of the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) successful destinations is only a question of time – with an industrial ecosystem that is fully supported by a dynamic and pro-active business and infrastructure sectors, supportive local government and dedicated educational leaders, she is one her way to stand alongside other thriving digital cities in the country today.
General Santos City (popularly known as “GenSan”) is identified as one of the Digital Cities in the Philippines in 2020. This distinction is backed by the city’s commitment to position itself as one of the most dynamic locations and preferred investment destinations for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in the southern Philippines. Among its strength lies within its young and growing population and a strong public-private partnership with the private sector, industry associations, and the academe that actively participate in the local economic governance.
Iligan City has long been targeting a bright spot in the list of successful locations for information and communications technology (ICT) investments as a major city in Mindanao. Its government, business, and human resource stakeholders are strongly focused on changing the wrong perception about the city’s peace and order situation to show the world that in reality, it is an ideal business location for investors searching for thousands of freelance digital professionals and tech-savvy workers.
Legazpi City is one of the 25 ideal locations in the Philippines identified under the Digital Cities 2025 Program. Its inclusion in the list validates the strong collaboration among stakeholders in government, private sector and the academe. Today, more than ever – Legazpi, the trade and economic center of the Province of Albay is ready to embrace the prospects of a thriving digital economy with a strong sense of responsibility and maturity of its constituents. The city envisions to move digital jobs from 2,000 to 20,000 by 2025 and capture other ICT verticals like software, healthcare information management and animation.
Taytay in the Province of Rizal is among the most competitive municipalities in the country and deserves to be in the list of digital cities today. It is strategically located near Metro Manila and has steadily grown as a choice location for information and communications technology (ICT) – enabled companies due to its quality workforce, active business sector and dynamic local government leadership.
Tuguegarao City is the Capital of the Province of Cagayan and the Regional Center of Cagayan Valley Region. It is the Center of Excellence for Higher Education, Science, and Medicine in Region 02. Considering its rich talent pool and excellent business climate, Tuguegarao City carries a huge potential for IT-BPM Industry just waiting to be utilized.
Zamboanga City is a formidable force in the information and communications technology (ICT) map of Mindanao and the Philippines, with almost a million people, The city is a thriving and competitive location for digital jobs. The size, quality and scalability of its human resource serve as foundation of the city’s potential to effectively host small to large scale companies that provide and perform information and communications technology or ICT-driven services for international and local clients.

Published by Jocelle Batapa Sigue

ATTY. JOCELLE BATAPA-SIGUE • Named as one of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service of the Philippines or TOWNS for 2016 in the field of Information and Communications Technology or ICT • Positions: Past Vice President (2018) and Past President (2010-2012) and Past Trustee (2013-2017) of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines or NICP • Founder, Former President and Current Executive Director of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT or BNEFIT • Served for 3 terms as councilor of Bacolod City • Chosen as one of Asia Society Top Ten Philippines 21 Young Leaders in 2009 • Chosen as the Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines in 2012 • Awarded as Philippine Individual Contributor of the Year during the International ICT Awards given by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines

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