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Creating the Ilocos Sur information, communication and technology council

VIGAN CITY — “The information, communication and technology (ICT) sectors plays an important role, notably contributing to rapid technological progress and productivity growth,” said Henzon Estrada of Eagle Vision Cable Company located in Bantay town.

This was during the first meeting of representatives of various sectors of the community to create the ICT Council of the province at the Department of Information Communication and Technology (DICT) office in this city on June 18, to celebrate also the National Information, Communication and Technology Month of June.

“According to studies, science, technology and innovation have become key factors in contributing to economic growth both in advanced and developing countries,” he said. “Information and communication technology (ICT) is at the very heart of economic changes. Economic competitiveness depends on productivity level and on the knowledge of economy. The ICT sectors determine the productivity level. As a result, we can say that the power of economic competitiveness of a country depends on the productivity of its ICT sector.”

This is why Estrada sought the help of DICT to create the ICT Council of the province to know more how ICT can help develop the province.

DICT Ilocos Sur, headed by Engr. Sany Torino,  explained to the participants that the mandate of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is to be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda (RA 10844).

In line with the mandate, DICT is gathering leaders across the industry, the startup community, government and the academe to collectively brainstorm better ways and means in developing the city or province ICT community and DICT will help the council formulate action plans through capability development of its members.

Through the years, the ICT Councils have proven to be invaluable partners for industry growth and development, providing a united front for Information Technology – Business Processing  IT-BPM industry promotion, networking with government, ensuring academe-industry linkages for curriculum development, training, placement-recruitment and affording related assistance that enable and facilitate viability and sustained presence of IT-BPM companies/ players in their respective cities and/or provinces.

“We believe that the creation of ICT Council will be the first step in planning future initiatives to grow IT-BPM Industry in the area as it plays an integral role in the growth and development of the ICT industry and the local economy as well,” said Director Leo B. Ugot of DICT CAR.

The next ICT event in the province is the 12-day ICT course in September for high school graduates with basic information technology knowledge.