National ICT Summit 2016 goes to Eastern Visayas

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Leyte Landing Monument
The Leyte Landing Monument at MacArthur Park in Palo, Leyte (Image: Victorino Q. Abrugar/Reporter.PH File)

LEYTE, Philippines – Almost three years after super typhoon Yolanda ravaged Region VIII, the eastern provinces of the Philippines has finally caught sight of a new hope as business sectors showed signs of revivals when investments started pouring since last year.

Such economic resurrection inspired business sectors not only in the region but also in the entire Philippines to grant Leyte the most sought-after opportunity to host this year’s 8th National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit which will be held on November 10-11, 2016.

The summit is an annual event by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and is considered as the biggest gathering of information and communication technology champions of the industry in the country.

The event’s official venue will be in Palo, Leyte, home to the ICT Park of the region, just a few minutes away from the province’s business hub, Tacloban City.

Since this is a major gathering of people from the said industry, the organizers are expecting to welcome delegates from public and private sectors both from the IT and BPO industries.

Leyte’s First ICT Summit hosting
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) emphasized that this will be the first for Leyte and Tacloban City to host such important event but they are confident that they will be able to mark this one a success not only to showcase what the province can offer, but also boost the confidence of future investors to consider the whole region for their next ventures.

(DOST) Region 8 Director Edgardo Esperancilla, the chair of the RICTC-EVFIT, expressed his excitement and confidence that even after the devastation of Yolanda, the region’s economy survives and continues to thrive despite the challenges that it faced for the past years.

Indeed, the ICT industry in the province carries a great potential and it can be seen in the boom of the ICT Park located in Palo, the summit’s venue, and how new business establishments flocked the digital business center just a year ago.

DOST region 8
The event’s official poster (image credit: NICP/RICTC-EVFIT)

Digital Economy
The Regional Information and Communications Technology Committee – Eastern Visayas Federation for Information Technology (RICTC-EVFIT) will head the summit and fulfill its objectives with the theme,

“Acceler8 Region 8 thru the Digital Economy”

The chosen theme represents the region’s resiliency and survival especially for the business sectors and how they overcame perhaps the greatest challenge that the industry faced.

The message also highlights the business community’s dynamic response to such challenge, while being able to create and think of much better innovations amidst economically difficult circumstances.

To fully emphasize and accelerate the industry, one of the topics of the said summit will focus on business continuity and resiliency, a suiting response to the demand of a more efficient and informative tone on how establishments can thrive and continue to promote services even after a tragic interruption on their business processes.

In addition, the event aims to actively generate investments to the information and communication industry most particularly in the countryside.

This move is expected to solve problems of underemployment in the region, catering the creation of more employment opportunities for provinces like Leyte, Samar and Biliran, which are outside the central business capitals of the Philippines.

In relation to this, specific activities that will cover discussions of recent industry trends and development will he highlighted. These resources are necessary to understand the challenges that the digital business sectors are facing at present.

In addition, participants of the summit will have an opportunity to learn more about ICT development tools – a necessary resource for delegates from local government units and related agencies, according to the organizers.

DOST Region 8 also pointed out the general topics that will be tackled during the 2-day summit:

  • Strategic ways in creating “competitive cities”
  • Exploration of affordable and innovative options to help solve present-day challenges of the digital sectors
  • Impact sourcing and the development of countryside outsourcing as an answer to the issues of unemployment
  • Discussions that will center on resiliency and business continuity as response to unexpected interruptions such as calamities
  • Internet for agriculture and business environment

The mentioned presentations and facilitated discussions are expected to empower communities in the countryside to consider their skills and capabilities as equally competitive as those in the major cities of the Philippines.

Events and Activities
More specific events and activities will also be provided by the organizers, focusing on informative and recent innovations in the digital business industry. The main goals of these events is to provide more affordable but ground-breaking business options for the community.

To be able to achieve the summit’s many objectives, the following events will be conducted for the delegates and participants:

1. 5th eGOV Awards
The eGOV Awards will highlight the achievements of the local government units and will recognize exemplary services and performance of officials from municipalities, cities and provinces.

The award body will look at how the concerned agencies and government units helped empower the citizens as well as the business sectors through integrating ICT in their programs and services.

Award categories are, Best in eGov Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award and Best in eGov Business Empowerment (G2B) Award.

2. Presentation of the Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap 2022
This will highlight the NICP Targets for the year 2022 with the goals of enhancing the knowledge of the region’s digital businesses for affordable and more innovative options in the creation of an ideally competitive city.

3. Hack the Climate
This event is a 24-hour long hackathon and its primary goal is for developers to create solutions that will address climate change as well as issues concerning the environment.

The organizing body in the region expects more than 600 delegates that include members of the academe, industry officials and also participants from the private and public sectors.

The success of the ICT Summit 2016 will mark a new era of the digital industry not only in the region but in the entire country. It is also expected to promote the advancement as well as revival of Eastern Visayas as they rise and create a better economic future.

CONTACT DETAILS:

To register online and join the 8th Annual ICT Summit, visit http://www.nicp.org.ph/ICTsummit

For more information, inquiries and sponsorship, you may contact:

Mr. Rolando Sulla
Local Event Secretariat
Phone #: 09753963794 or
Email Address: sulla.masters@gmail.com

Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue,
8th NICP ICT Summit Program Management Committee Chair
Phone #: 0922-872-1447
Email Address: nicp2010@gmail.com