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.