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NICP is the recognized national organization of ICT Councils in the Philippines.  Our organization serves as the venue for collaboration and sharing of best practices for our member organizations.  Through the years, our organization has served as the unified voice for the Philippine Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector. We work tirelessly to promote ICT all throughout the country and support each of the councils endeavors in order to help strengthen the ICT in their areas and create more jobs for the Filipinos.

BPO TAX PERKS WILL NOT BE TOUCHED -ANGARA

Press Release 
Refer: Shielo Mendoza (09279223309)
 
Senator Sonny Angara has allayed the fears of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, saying that tax incentives currently enjoyed by BPO companies will remain despite the proposed comprehensive tax reform program of the government.
 
“Makakahinga na po nang maluwag ang ating BPO sector matapos liwanagin na hindi mawawala ang kanilang VAT exemption. With the industry’s incentives intact, we can continue to attract more BPO investments that would spur economic growth and job creation in the country,” said Angara, chairman of the ways and means committee.
 
The Department of Finance (DOF), during Wednesday’s public hearing on the proposed tax reform, has clarified that foreign services of BPO companies in special economic zones will remain exempted from VAT, while those outside special economic zones, including those registered under the Board of Investments, will retain their zero-rated (0% VAT) status.
 
Certain groups from the industry had earlier voiced out their concerns that the removal of the VAT exemption would make the country a less attractive destination among global BPO firms.
 
DOF Usec. Antonette Tionko said that there is no change in their tax policy, and some industry stakeholders have likely misinterpreted the provisions of the bill.
 
“BPO investments have been a big help in sustaining the country’s economic growth for the past years. We value such contribution and the government has been very supportive of the industry by granting BPO firms various incentives,” Angara said.
 
In 2016, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines reported that the industry provided direct employment to some 1.15 million Filipinos, and generated $23 billion in revenue.
 
Meanwhile, five Philippine cities made it to the 2017 Tholons top 100 outsourcing sites in the world, with Metro Manila recognized as the fourth most competitive global BPO destination. Other Philippine cities on the list include Cebu (12th), Davao (85th), Bacolod City (97th), and Santa Rosa, Laguna (100th).
 
Angara stressed that the IT-BPO industry should be tapped as a key driver of rural development through the creation of high-value online jobs in far-flung communities.
 
“While the industry thrives as one of the top career providers in our major cities, we must also bring opportunities in the countryside where they are needed the most. Dapat, bigyan din natin ng pagkakataon ang ating mga kababayan sa mga malalayong probinsya na makapagtrabaho sa sektor na ito na hindi na kailangan pang lumuwas ng Maynila,” he added.

 

NICP Open Statement on the Proposed Reduction of Tax Incentives for ICT-Enabled Industries May 31, 2017

We, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Councils of our respective cities, provinces and regions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao under the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines most respectfully appeal to His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines and the 17th Congress of The Republic of the Philippines for the continuation,  retention and expansion of current fiscal incentives of Information and Communications Technology - Business Process Management (ICT-BPM) companies in the Philippines in order to generate jobs and investments especially in the countryside, sustain the growth of the said industry, which accounts for the increase in the country's GDP along side OFW remittances, and achieve the current administration's target to ensure inclusive socio-economic growth.

The proposed tax reforms of the current administration are laudable especially insofar as increasing the net income of the middle class by reducing individual income tax base. But taxation is not only a means to generate revenues, it is also a tool to develop and grow industries that are relevant and sustainable especially in areas where there are less jobs and opportunities. Across the globe, developing countries use tax incentives as a means to attract direct foreign investments to solve unemployment, engage in technology transfer and intensify development of preferred industries. 

Today, the Philippines is among the global leaders for ICT-enabled jobs, because of our very strong customer service culture, excellent English communication skills and high-level of digital literacy. But above all, from the countryside perspective, the Philippines has leveraged on the strength and potential of its non-metropolis locations or provinces which abound with talent. Seventy percent of the country's graduates are outside of Metro Manila and because of the attractive national tax incentives and the dynamism of provincial locations through its respective ICT councils, ICT-BPM companies have started to set up in Tier 2 and 3 cities, thereby creating the necessary jobs and investment opportunities. Real estate facilities such as ICT parks and centers accredited under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has begun to flourish in the provinces and thus stimulating the real estate and allied businesses. Because of the thousands of jobs generated by these companies outside of Metro Manila, the growth of support services such as food, transportation, health services, housing and other ancillary services have all increased. The educational sector has been continuously upgrading its quality due to the global requirements. Filipino entrepreneurs have begun to set of up their own companies to also share in the ever increasing global demand for services and digital products. Many provinces have followed the lead of industry associations in creating ecosystems for high value ICT services such as animation, game development, health care information management, finance and accounting, software development, and many other complex segments.

By reducing or removing the current set of tax incentives for ICT-BPM companies - the most affected segment is the provincials locations which currently take advantage of national incentives under a centralized government structure.

Introducing VAT on BPO services could have very damaging repercussions for growth, expansion and sustainability of this industry in the countryside. The inevitable implication for BPO services will be an increase in cost, affecting employees current benefits, and any form of expansion and at worst, for them to explore low-cost economies for their BPO operations.

It is our most humble appeal that the government retain the current incentive package of the ICT-BPM industry and encourage their expansion in provincial location. In the alternative, we appeal that these companies be allowed tax deductions for any relevant talent development programs it will invest in to grow and ensure the quality of talent in the countryside.  

We fully support the goal of the current administration to create jobs and investments for inclusive and together with the government, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and all its member ICT councils vow to contribute ONE MILLION ICT JOBS by 2022 in the countryside.

National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) 

 

Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue
Head, NICP Public Sector and Policy Committee

 

Stephanie Rosalind R. Caragos
President, NICP

Accelerating Visayas Potential with the 5th VICTOR Conference in Bohol

 

Accelerating Visayas Potential with the 5th VICTOR Conference in Bohol by Zion Campo, Bohol ICT Council PRO
 

Last March 3 and 4, Bohol hosted historic events to propel the island province of Bohol and the Visayas region into unparalleled progress. The 2 day event showcased what the industry could offer to the Filipinos in the provinces. The Visayas ICT councils also shared some of their best practices led by Stephanie Caragos, President of National ICT Councils of the Philippines (NICP) and CDO ICT Business Council. Stephanie presented the organization’s vision and thrusts for the Philippines and gave recognition to the Visayas cluster’s continuous collaboration and inspiring teamwork.

Different industry experts shared their insights on the different sectors of the Philippines ICT industry. There were talks tackling the Philippines IT BPM roadmap 2022, the importance of cybersecurity for businesses and government institutions, talent development strategies and what the government can do, specifically the Provincial Governement of Bohol to help Bohol become an ICT industry giant. bDan Reyes-president of the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines, Jonathan de Luzuriaga-president of the Philippine Software Industry Association, Penny Bongato-Talent Development Executive Director of IBPAP, Breyvan Tan-managing director of EC Council Singapore also shared their thoughts on how we can forward the IT industry in the Philippines which rakes in a whopping 22 biollion dollars of revenue employing around a million Filipinos not including the a million online freelancers in the Philippines during the 5th VICTOR Conference.

Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) Chairman Danilo Sebastian Reyes especially highlted how Bohol and its different stakeholders, the community, the educators and the government, must work together to achieve its goals of becoming an innovation hub.

Bohol’s 1st Education Summit and the 3rd Visayas Creative Congress

During the 5th VICTOR conference, another forum tackling the convergence of the education and ICT sectors. The 1st Bohol Education Summit discussed the needs of both industries and how they can work together to achieve their respective goals.

Governor Edgar Chatto stated that the ICT industry is considered by the pronvicial government of Bohol as the third engine to fuel growth of the local economy after tourism and agriculture.

He fully emphasized his commitment to the turn Bohol into an IT-BPM investment haven by signing a commitment along with Usec. Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)

Bohol ICT industry stakeholedrs also affixed their signatures and expressed their commitment in pursuing the IT-BPM industry specific 2017 Education Action Plan.

The education sector wasn’t the only industry that received much love during the 5th VICTOR conference.

The creative industry of Bohol also got the chance to hear from the best of the best in the Philippines creative landscape. Alvin Juban, the president of the Game Development Association of the Philippines or the “Emperor” as he is fondly called graced the 3rd Creative Congress with his presence sharing his insights on the game development industry in the Philippines. Other speakers were JD Abenaza — CEO of Zeenoh Games, John Dave Duenas — Manager of the Technology Business Incubator Center in Bacolod City, Xteve Abantor — Marvel artist and Creative Director of 13Headz Studios and UV New School founder, Genesis Rana.

Currently, the Philippines has around 650 plus IT BPM companies which contributes greatly to the Philippines’ economy.

Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue also launched the eGov Awards 2017 during the 5th VICTO Conference adding 3 more categories to encourage the government sector to take full advantage of technology to further enhance their services to their constituents.

The 5th VICTOR Conference, 1st Bohol Education Summit and 3rd Creative Congress was sponsored by: Bohol ICT Council, Provincial Government of Bohol, Tagbilaran City Government, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), Bohol Investment Promotion Center, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Transcom, EC-Council and the Bohol Bloggers Collective.

Joanne Phillips, President of the Bohol ICT Council and Lai Biliran past president of the Bohol ICT Council both spearheaded the hosting of the 5th VICTOR Conference, Bohol’s 1st Education Summit and the 3rd Visayas Creative Congress.

ICT Countryside Advocate Named TOWNS Awardee

Former Bacolod councilor and lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue will be awarded this week as one of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Awardees for 2016, for her dedication and passion in driving for information and communication technology (ICT) jobs and investments to the countryside and for helping other cities and provinces to develop strategies for job generation.
 
Known as a staunch advocate for the development of information and communication technology (ICT) in the countryside, she completes the eight awardees in this prestigious recognition for women not more than 45 years old given by the TOWNS Foundation every three years.
 
During the press announcement last November 10, Batapa-Sigue shared her recognition to more than 1 million Filipino ICT workers and professionals today who are "carrying the excellent Filipino brand of service" to the world. She thanked TOWNS Foundation for recognizing the work of all ICT advocates who believe in inclusive growth. 
 
Batapa-Sigue led stakeholders in Bacolod to come together as councilor and chair of the Sanggunian Committee on Communications in 2004 to promote Bacolod as a destination for ICT-enabled jobs and investments. She chaired the Bacolod IT Focus Team, which worked together on strategies and programs to develop Bacolod City and Negros Occidental as one the growing centers of innovation in the country.
 
She is the founder of a confederation of government, academe and business and private sector known as the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communication Technology (BNEFIT) in 2007. BNEFIT eventually joined similar bodies existing in other cities and provinces to create in 2008, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) now composed of more than 50 ICT councils nationwide. She served as NICP President from 2010-2012 and continues to be a trustee to this day. 
 
During her presidency, she actively organized along with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and CyberCity Philippines the annual Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units (eGov Awards).
 
Bacolod today is in the global map as the 85th City in the Tholons International Top 100 Cities in the world and currently the latest Center of Excellence for IT-BPM in the Philippines. Bacolod was recently honored in the International ICT Summit Flare Awards as “beacon” for all other cities in ICT investment programs.
 
Because of her exemplary dedication as an ICT champion, she was chosen as Asia Society Top Ten Philippines 21 Fellow in 2009 and Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines for 2012. She was awarded last March 2014 as Philippine Individual Contributor of the Year during the International ICT Awards given by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines. 
 
She served for 3 terms as councilor of Bacolod, and volunteer consultant to the Province of Negros Occidental for ICT Investments, where she assists in developing the Negros First CyberCentre and the first Technology Business Incubator (TBI) for tech startups in the province. She currently leads the Visayas ICT Cluster Organization (VICTOR). She is also a professor of law at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod.
 
She is a resource speaker of the Department for Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for Cybercrimes, Cyber-Bullying, Cyber-Trafficking and Capacity development for ICT Councils. She currently helps in managing the Technology Business Incubation Center located at the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City.

Seven LGUs Bag 5th Egov Awards

Seven innovative local government units in the Philippines were recognized during the 5th Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units (Egov Awards) held in Tacloban City yesterday, November 11, 2016. They are the cities of Legazpi, Marikina, Valenzuela, Quezon, Tagum and San Fernando, La Union and the municipality of Nagcarlan, Laguna.

Legazpi City’s Balangay: A Cloud Information System for Disaster tied with the Integrated Transport Management System of San Fernando, La Union for the first place in the Best in Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award.

The G2C category recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU’s outstanding practices using ICT solutions in the education and engagement of the public and in the use of electronic facilities and channels towards providing improved, timely and relevant delivery of public services.

 

The Marikina Business Portal topped the Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) Award which recognizes the significant effect of an LGU’s laudable practices in integrating ICT solutions and the commitment of its administration in the LGU’s responsiveness to the needs of business enterprises, thereby creating business opportunities.

 

Marikina City also came in third place in the G2C category for its Marikina One Map.

 

The Valenzuela City Online Services and the ALS ANA KALANG CeC (Alternative Learning System Ang NAgcarlan sa KAbuhayan at Literasi Aangat at Nangunguna sa Galing Community electronic Center) of the Municipality of Nagcarlan, Laguna tied for second place in the G2C Category.

 

Completing the top three finishers in the G2B is Legazpi City’s Vision 2020:  Invest Legazpi which came in second place with the Continued Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations for A More Effective and Efficient Business Permit and Licensing Procedure of Tagum City in the third place.

 

The Quezon City Business One Stop Shop (QC BOSS) was given a special award for the ePayment or Best in Digital Finance empowerment.

 

The eGOV Awards  is an annual search for the best practices in local government units in utilizing information and  communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and to its business stakeholders.

 

The objective of the eGOV Awards is to encourage the effective and efficient utilization of information and communications technology (ICT) in the delivery of services and in the performance of duties and responsibilities by local government units (LGU’s).

 

We also aim to commend, collate and document best practices of LGU’s in integrating ICT in their processes to serve as example and benchmarks to other LGU’s and to improve the business ecosystem of the LGUs and motivate the private and business sector to actively participate and invest in the growth of the LGU’s, said Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, awards chair and NICP trustee.

 

Criteria for judging include innovative management in the use of ICT, impact or major results, their effects and benefits to the recipients of the service, relevance of the project to the overall objectives of the LGU and replication potential.

 

NICP led by  Wilfredo Sa-a, executive director of the Cebu Educational Foundation for Information Technology (CEDF-IT), also announced that three more categories will be opened in next year’s search, namely the Best in Data – Driven Governance (D2G) initiated in partnership with the Data Privacy Commission, Best in Government to Government Interoperability (G2G) and the Digital Finance empowerment or e-Payment.

 

 
 

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