Bohol, Tagb aim return of digital NWC status

The bid to get Bohol back into the list of next wave cities (NWC) for prospectors of information technology’s business process management (IT-BPM) starts anew this week as private and public sectors bring Digital Bohol Summit here October 15 and 14.

Set in an auspicious time when an earthquake in Bohol effectively cancelled the supposedly best time for the city and the province to showcase why it is the next best place for a BPM venture in 2013, the ICT summit now would be a chance at redemption for Bohol’s failed dream of showing off its potential as NWC call center hub.

“It is our desire that Tagbilaran City maintains its presence in the ICT/BPM radar and become an investment location for the industry,” Governor Edgar Chatto said.

The government has identified the IT-BPM as the biggest thing for the Philippines, with the potential for jobs and advancement neatly tucked in it.

Organized by the Provincial Government through its Bohol Investment Promotion Center (BIPC) in coordination with Bohol ICT Council, Tagbilaran City and the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Summit brings to Bohol key information communication technology big wigs who would be witnessing the launching of the local ICT BPM development roadmap billed as “Digital Bohol Project.”

City Hall through Jeanette Laila Busano said “the summit will introduce and feed a roadmap for “Digital Bohol” — a plan for holistic digital inclusion in Bohol that aims to set the standard for how local leaders can collaborate to harness technology to empower business, government and civil society — the project will start in Tagbilaran City as the pilot and model city.”

Picking “Harnessing ICT, Powering Bohol” as its theme, the two-daysummit would be having the country’s secretary for the Department of Information Communication and Technology (DICT) lawyer Rodolfo Salalima as well as DICT Director Monchito Ibrahim as keynote speaker and the electronic innovations at the DICT.

The launching of Digital Bohol also formally lays the ground plan of bringing Bohol’s competitive advantage to the fore, says BIPC head Maria Fe Dominese.

The launching program also accommodates the oath taking of Digital Bohol Student Councils, Quadripartite technical working group and coordinators while an overview of the Open Collaboration with East Asia New (OCEAN 16) Champions also happen.

City Mayor John Geesnell Yap who is a staunch supporter of digital innovations has committed to financially support the event.

Other than keynote addresses from government, business, and civil society leaders, the Summit also brings out plenary sessions on entrepreneurship and digital contraptions, the Philippines and the global community; interactive brainstorming sessions centered on how to scale emerging, youth-led social solutions; demos of cutting-edge new technologies including drones and 3D application and other relevant topics. (PIA)

 

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