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Lawmaker supports ICT initiative

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HOUSE Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has reaffirmed her support to initiatives that will propel information and communication technology (ICT) in Zamboanga City.

Salazar, who is this city’s first district congresswoman, has discussed with officials of the Zamboanga ICT Council the possibilities of helping this industry by laying out the groundwork for concerned agencies and possible investors particularly the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to look at Zamboanga City as their next destination hub.

“While it is true, that our city is facing challenges before we could have this realized, we should also look at the areas workable and check on the availability of resources here in the city,” Salazar said.

The Zamboanga ICT Council chaired by Felix Louell Saavedra is set to conduct an ICT/BPO Conference-Workshop in this city on August 14 where it hopes to benchmark Zamboanga City’s capacities to cater to the fast growing industries.

The event will gather together all stakeholders in the ICT-BPO industry, including among others--local government representatives, academe, telecommunications and public utility service providers, relevant provincial government offices, police and private industry.

The event will include the introduction/presentation on Philippine ICT/BPO; briefing on the next wave cities initiative and scorecard; presentation of best practices of other Next Wave Cities and strategic planning workshop.

“It is about time that our graduates need not go to other big cities in Luzon and Visayas. With this, we hope that our graduates will land a job proximate to their families. I am looking forward to this collaboration as this well likewise means better opportunities for our people,” Salazar said.

The Zamboanga ICT Council is a newly created organization on information and communication technology, organized by the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (ZCCIFI).

It is affiliated with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), and is one with its advocacy for a countrywide development of the ICT industry.

The Council was established with the following objectives: generate new ICT and BPO businesses in Zamboanga City; Raise public awareness in Information and Communications Technology, in order to rally industry and civil society in general, to easier adaptation of the benefits of ICT; foster sustainability and steady generation of resources for the industry and to establish and increase collaboration and public-private partnerships which enhance and foster development in the ICT industry. (Bong Garcia)

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