Zamboanga IT peps up as our country's next wave city PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

This is a good news from Zamboanga City Councilor and Chairman on Information Technology (IT).

Zamboanga City is now finally gearing towards getting a share of the $16 Billion Dollars Information and Communications Technology Industry. Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar signed the Executive Order No. BC 64-2014 and was announced last September 19 during the Start-Ups Workshop of the Zamboanga City Information Communication Technology (ZICT) at the Grand Astoria. It is an order creating the Zamboanga ICT Business Process Management Team that will plan and fast-track our city's inclusion as a "Next Wave IT City" in our country. This is the first big step that our city has taken seriously to advance ZICT vision for Zamboanga City to be an ICT city wherein an IT park exists. It brings employments thru BPO (business process outsourcing) and other IT-related investments.


Zamboanga City is recognized to prodcues the best ICT educated graduates. In fact, they are among the most in demand in the Philippine ICT Industry. It is just unfortunate that after getting very good education in our city, they end up working outside in the absence of ICT related enterprises here. While other major cities in the country have started getting their shares in this dollar earning industry, we in Zamboanga city have not benefited from it. In fact, it's almost zero, according to Councilor Elago. He said it is about time that we work to be part of the ICT industry and in the process generate revenues for our city and give our young people better opportunities for employment. "We are therefore very happy that at last, through this executive order of Mayor Salazar, we can now see the commitment of the city to explore all avenues for our city's ICT growth. Thank you very much, Mayor! You have just opened the gates leading to great opportunities for our city and our people," Councilor Elago enthused. ZICT prime mover and in-coming ZICT president Mau Bello is thanking the following in behalf of ZICT for all the support they received. She is grateful to  DOST-ICTO and partners (PSIA, Spring.Ph, IdeaSpace, Adamson University, and Franchise), Zamboanga City Mayor Local Government Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, City Investment Officer Apple Go, City Councilors  VP Elago and Kim Elago, Maria Teresa Magadia Camba, DOLE-IX Director Cano, Albert Miraflor, Joyo Casanes Ian Lahi, DOST-ICTO FOO Cheryl C Ortega Jacob, Bodick, DOST IX Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano Thelma Emata Rob, DOT- IX MaJune Bugante, and DTI- IX Sitti Amina Jain Marjorie Pascual School partners WMSU Marinella Trumata Tose, Cielito Conti Olegario, SCC Garet Francis and team, STI Norwesa Madriaga and team, UZ Yolynne Medina and team. The Angel Investors PNB Tessie Uy- Sebastian, PCCI Regional Gov. Pocholo Soliven, ZCCIFI Pres. Edwin To and Sixto Kwan Jr.  Media partners TV-11 Ronald Lledo, E-Media Rey Bayoging, ABS-CBN Jewel Reyes. Zamboanga Daily Times, Zamboanga Today RG Antonet Go, ZPC Pres. Jayvee Franciscoa  and others in Zamboanga Press Club. Sponsors like Myrna's Bake House, EPSON Philippines, Manulife, GDG, Astral Nita So, BGI, Petron, Astoria, Rikki Lim, Benicio del Toro, EDSI team Alexander Von Rojas, Rosibela Solis-Jinon.  ZICT working team Michael Tiu Lim, Oliver Ong, Antonio Iturralde, Louell Saavedra, and Canadian consultant Nicholai Luffinski.

Psalm 67:1-2. "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations."

By: Dante Corteza