Believing in Zamboanga City has the best IT PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00

The opening salvo of the 2-day IT (Information Technology) event, “IT’s best in Zamboanga,” at the Garden Orchid was inspirational. 5 Manila-based, respected, and well-known IT personalities believed that Zamboanga City has the potential of being the next IT-hub in our country. And they spoke with great convictions to the audience composed mostly of college students, graduates, and few businessmen who like them trust that this is one way to boost up our city’s economy.

An IT-hub center is a place where multi-national and foreign IT companies converge, invest, and make an impact in the economy of the country. BPO’s (our country’s next big dollar earner next to OFW) are found in hub center. Because of the proficient of Filipinos in English and being team players, foreign BPO or Business Processing Outsourcing companies are making Philippines as one of the best choices of locations. Programming and gaming development companies also invest in IT-hub.  Malls, banks, recreations facilities, and condominiums are being built around IT centers to serve the different tenants.  It has tremendously contributed to the growth of cities like Makati, Taguig, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Cagayan de Oro.

President of the Philippine Game Industry Alvin Juban said that they have so much confident in our local IT students and graduates that they keep on coming back here since last year to help develop and recruit talents. Podd Corp CEO Christine Rom, who shared the basics do’s and don’ts of starting a game studio, revealed that Zamboanga City is the favorite next target site of the IT industry.

Markku Kero, the CEO of Job and Esther Technologies, shared statistics to show and inspire the audience why Philippines specifically Zamboanga City has the makings of a great hub. As a matter of fact, this foreigner is here to recruit 50 programmers for his company and is scouting for a site where he can establish a satellite office here. He asked, can Zamboanbga be the next global IT-hub? With hard work and perseverance, he believes so.

Software Development Manager of Voyager Darth Vidar, in a video message, said an IT does not have to have high grades or even a diploma of an IT to be successful in the IT industry. He told the audience to come out with an idea, work on it, and bring it out.

The last speaker was Nooky Umali, Head of the Technology and Innovation Support Services of Smart Communications. One does not have to start big, he shared. It can start in one’s house bodega or a school thesis. He shared successful smart applications that started with a simple idea and are now making good in the market (earning dollars!).

Today, don’t miss out the presentation of IdeaSpace Foundation who will present successful Filipino entrepreneurs whose small projects are now multi-dollar earning companies. IdeaSpace is willing to invest and provide support any ideas that it believes can serve the needs or even wants of the market. You will also will get the chance to meet the Filipino-billionaire Manny Pangilinan in person if your business idea will be chosen.

If you have a business idea, even want to know how to start a business, or looking for an investors, attend today’s session. Who knows, you might be the next country’s next millionaire!

I hope our City Government of Zamboanga will have the same faith of these people who believes in the progress IT can bring to our city.

By Dante Corteza
"For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught."Proverbs 3:26 (NKJV)