Celso cites ICT role in social, economic dev’t PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:39

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday cited the very crucial role of information, communication and technology (ICT) in social and economic development, as he thanked organizers of the 2012 Zampen ICT Conference and Trade Exhibit: An ICT Roadshow for holding the event in the city.

“The conduct of this event has far-reaching implications—socially and economically”, the mayor said in his welcome message during the opening program.

He expressed gratitude to the Regional Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Committee (RITECC) of the Regional Development Council and the Zamboanga ICT Council of the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation together with the Information Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology and National ICT Confederation of the Philippines for initiating the event that aimed to include Zamboanga in the “New Wave of Cities” and making Zampen an investment hub.

Some 300 stakeholders representing the different sectors from all over Zamboanga Peninsula are attending the 3-day event which had Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre, Executive Director of the DOST-ICTO as its guest speaker.

“The advent of technology in communication has made the word smaller and smaller, where communication transcends borders and speed limits. Nowadays, one can communicate or transact business with someone in other parts of the world at real time”, according to Lobregat.

He stressed that with just a click on the computer keyboard or on the cellphone, anyone can search any information via the Internet and the social networks. “ICT makes information and communication easy and accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere.”

“Beyond easy and accessible information, the ICT offers opportunities for people. It prepares them for participation in a rapidly changing world where activities are increasingly transformed by access to ICT. It develops initiatives and independent learning skills, and offers rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures,” the mayor stated.   

On the other hand, he said, with ICT comes the danger of unsecured or unsafe information that could make or unmake a business or the government. The terms “hackers” and intellectual rights or and intellectual theft are some pitfalls in ICT, he continued.

It is for this and more reasons, he pointed that people need to harness knowledge on ICT and make it a tool to improve the quality of life.

“Information and communication technologists should be agents of change and harbingers of the good, the positive, the best and the beautiful about the city, the region and the country as a whole,” he added.

The opening program yesterday kicked off with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit with Mayor Lobregat, Usec. Casambre, Nicholas Luff- Sustainable Development Specialist from Canada and Maureen Bello- RITECC chairperson leading the rites.

The ICT Roadshow themed “Harnessing ICT for Smarter Countryside” is an initiative of the Zamboanga City ICT Council in its bid to promote the city “as an ICT investment climate as a pre-requisite for the bid to be one of the next wave cities in the Philippines for 2013.” — Sheila Covarrubias