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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Bacolod cited for ICT gains
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

A Department of Information and Communications Technology official yesterday called Bacolod City a leader in terms of Information and Communications Technology because it has given its full support to the IT industry.

Ivin Ronald Alzona, assistant secretary for Regional Operations and Countryside and ICT Industry Development, yesterday said the Bacolod City government must be congratulated for its initiatives in expanding the opportunities for its constituents.

He city the city’s collaborative efforts with national government agencies like the DICT, the academe, and the private sector in developing strategies to further improve the workforce, building the necessary infrastructure, and providing an enabling environment for doing business with ease.

Alzona, who was guest of honor and speaker during the city’s celebration of the 121 st year of Philippine Independence, said this year’s Independence Day theme, “Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan”, aptly reflects how the City of Bacolod has embraced the constantly ever-changing times.

“I would like to commend the City Government of Bacolod for providing a healthy, vibrant and innovative ICT industry that allows its citizens to take full advantage of ICT, especially in the field of government services delivery, trade, technopreneurship, finance and health, among others,” he said.

Alzona said the City of Bacolod has achieved MasaganangKinabukasan by having about 35,000 direct Business Process Outsource (BPO) jobs, and over 100,000 jobs created that support the more than 30 Information Technology Business Process Management Companies that have located in Bacolod’s 27 Parks and Centers accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

Also, there are now institutions accredited by the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that implement ICT-industry-centric trainings under the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) Service Management Program. In fact, Bacolod also has fully functional Technology Business Incubation centers that support the development of our Startups, he said.

“Given all these milestones, the City Government has given itself the challenge of outdoing and outperforming itself. I hope that Bacolod will return to the Tholons Top 100 Digital Cities as recognition of its support to its local ICT ecosystem, the development of the local innovation system, and continuous digital transformation,” Alzona said.

They hope to continue working with the City Government in its endeavors on promoting digital governance, startups, and capacity development activities, ensuring that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s marching orders for inclusive growth are complied with until no one is left behind, he said.

“We shall not stop supporting Bacolod City until the time comes that we can say no one is left behind,” he added.*

 

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