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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.

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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