VICTOR Celebrates 6 Years of Countryside ICT Innovation in Aklan by Zion Campo, PRO, Bohol ICT Council

Local Information Communications & Technology (ICT) councils around the Philippines
are packing their bulgy bags and heading to Aklan this February 22-23, 2018 at
Sampaguita Garden, New Washington, Aklan not to party on the white sandy beaches
of beautiful Boracay but to learn and to network with people in this industry.
Typically, most people associate Aklan with the paradise that is Boracay which has
been consistently named as one of the best islands in the world. The sun, the sea and
the sand is what most people travel to Aklan for - to discover and network with people in
the industry is way out of anybody’s vocabulary.
A number of ICT champions are headed to Kalibo, Aklan for the sixth year of the
VICTOR (Visayas ICT Cluster Organization ) Conference, an annual gathering of ICT
councils, industry leaders, government heads and the academe. VICTOR aims to help
promote the massive untapped potential of the Visayan Islands as great locations for
ICT-enabled jobs, opportunities and investments.
A large group of dedicated men and women from all over the country, headed by the
Visayas ICT Clusters (VICTOR) core group namely Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue from the
Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology
(BNEFIT) also the current Vice President of NICP; Joeven Tansi from Iloilo Federation
for Information Technology (IFIT); Jun Saa from Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O)
also a Board of Trustee of NICP, Joanne Phillips from Bohol ICT Council also a Board of
Trustee of NICP; Danah Fortunato from the ICT Association of Dumaguete and Negros
Oriental; and Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo from Aklan ICT Council (AicTec) and of course
the newly elected National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) president
Antonio Del Carmen.
The event also serves as a platform for NICP (National ICT Confederation of the
Philippines) ICT Council members and its partners to have conversations on their
successes, best practices, learnings and what more can stakeholders do to support
NICP’s vision of creating more jobs and driving innovation in the Philippines’
This year, VICTOR is focusing on three major national goals:
- helping local government units jump into the 21st century with e-Governance initiatives
- building sustainable startup environments in different regions
- positioning local communities as prime spots for IT businesses
Alongside the VICTOR Conference, the 4th Creative Congress is also being hosted in
the sands of Aklan. The event is peppered with a number of programs, one of those is a
48 hour game hackathon called GameJam organized by the Game Developers
Association of the Philippines.
After a long day of talks, the NICP expects to strengthen their relationship with all
industry associations and provide everybody with an educational experience that they
will bring back to their communities and contribute to the 350,000 new jobs in the
countryside the organization plans on capturing.
6th VICTOR and 4th CreaCon is held in partnership with the National ICT Confederation
of the Philippines, Aklan ICT Council (AICTeC), Provincial Government of Aklan and the
Iloilo Federation for IT (IFIT) and the Department of Information and Communications
Technology (DICT), sponsored by Amazon Web Services, Micro Genesis, MYEG
Philippines, Southwest Tours (Boracay), INC., PLDT Enterprise, DBP Kalibo, Rosa
Foods, Jocyls Foods, Filbake Corporation, Rentillo Enterprises, Buttons and Things,
Kalibo Cable TV Network Inc. and Aklan TV Network Inc.
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ICT Cluster Organization – NICP.

NICP To Help Boost Countryside ICT Job Share

Countryside champions aims to capture fifty percent of the direct jobs from the additional 700,000 new jobs in information and communications technology (ICT) as targeted by the Philippine IT Roadmap 2022. 
This translates to about 350,000 new jobs outside of Metro Manila and going to the provinces. For about two decades, about seventy percent of the jobs in the sector are concentrated in Metro Manila.
The new set of officers of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), the umbrella organization of ICT councils representing regions, cities, and provinces in the countryside, convened recently to forge its directions for 2018 as its mark its tenth year of corporate existence in 2018.
Incoming president Antonio Del Carmen of the Laguna Industry Network for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology (LINK-IT)said the organizational goal of NICP this year is to develop a more conducive relationship with all industry associations especially those who are actively involved in human resource development and calibration.
Among them is a stronger positioning of provincial locations for global services to be fueled by more active ICT councils that clearly understand their roles and set their directions. NICP and its member councils shall work together to accelerate enabling conditions, such as infrastructure, government processes and business environment better and lobby for investors incentives especially in provincial areas, where high sense of business confidence must be in place.
Another important springboard to achieve the numbers for jobs in 2022 is to upgrade the talent ecosystem, pivoting to higher value skills and opportunities by working closely with the industry and education sector.
Other elected officers include Jocelle Batapa-Sigue of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) as Vice president, Rosemarie Quinto-Rey of Albay ICT Association – Legazpi ICT Council as secretary, Rob Enriquez of Bataan ICT Council as treasurer and immediate past president Stephanie Caragos of Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council as auditor.  
Efren Daniel De Leon of Bicol ICT Council, Wilfredo Sa-a, Jr. of Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O), ​Joanne Phillips of​ ​Bohol ICT Council, ​Michael Tiu-Lim of Zamboanga ICT Council and Roberto Tinsay of Malaybalay ICT Council complete the ten-men board for 2018.  
Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue
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LOCAL FIRM INVESTS IN MIXED ECOZONE FOR ORMIN - Dedicates park to every aspiring Mindoreno towards a Future-Ready Mindoro

Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, November 6, 2017– A big local developer in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Sotera Development Group (SDG) broke ground recently to mark the start of the construction for Sotera San Antonio at Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro last October 18, 2017.

The Development will center around a green park covering some 5,000 square meters. Leading the groundbreaking was Chairman Mel Agudo with Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr. with Cong. Reynaldo Umali and Mayor Arnan Panaligan in attendance, with representatives from academe, DOST, DTI, NEDA, and the community.

Officers of SDG

In the background, the time capsule is buried to start the construction, from left to right: Officers of SDG, Morris Agudo, Merci Agudo; Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan; SDG Chairman Mel B. Agudo; Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr.; Oriental Mindoro 2nd Districit Congressman Reynaldo V. Umali; Officers of SDG, Annette Sumulong, and Severino Sumulong.

 “…By investing in Mindoro’s Brightest Gold, its People. SDG dedicates this park to every aspiring Mindoreno towards building a Future-Ready Mindoro.” Chairman Agudo said. “The Bayanihan spirit of cooperation is a must for us all to succeed for greater heights…Together let us open the eyes of the world to Mindoro and Mindoro to golden opportunities” 
This project represents a unique venture and a culmination of two years of planning to create a development which will serve as an anchor for job creation, innovative education programs, and neighborhood activities for the residents of Calapan City and the entire Oriental Mindoro province.
Recognizing the need to address the significant challenges of Oriental Mindoro, cradling the gem of the park, Sotera President Agudo said the project will host new office and commercial space that will cater to, but not limited to the incubation of new technology-driven industries such as the IT-BPM industry, related education initiatives, and ICT enabled businesses.  SDG is known for its visionary investments in the field of technology and real estate development. Sotera is set to operate by 2019.
Last year, the local governments of Calapan and Oriental Mindoro showed their full support to the creation of a province-wide ICT council to serve as a platform for collaboration for industry, academe and government.  Agudo is thankful for this initiative and assures his full support to the direction of the council, especially the vision of making Oriental Mindoro a destination of choice for ICT industries.
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Dumaguete City

Nestled between blue seas and green mountains, this small University Town (Land area: 33.6sqkm, Pop: 131K, 2015 census) hosts 4 universities, 6 colleges, 25 000 students, and 11 000 IT-BPM workers in 3 large companies and more than 25 mostly MSME companies. The Academe, plus government-provided training, annually produces more than 10 000 skilled workers for a variety of areas such as the IT-BPM Industry and the Tourism Industry. The availability of jobs and the low cost of living, paired with the high quality of life in Dumaguete City and its surrounding towns, have turned it into a magnet for talent from other parts of the country and of the world. It’s a happy accident of nature that has made “quality of life” the biggest attraction of this small town that also serves as a gateway to the many tourist destinations in the area. But, it is the “City of Gentle People” that turns visitors into locators.

Contact Person: Danah Fortunato, Executive Director, ICT DGTE

2F Uymatiao Bldg., San Jose St., Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Contact No.: +63-917-795-8488

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Cagayan De Oro City

Dubbed locally as the "City of Golden Friendship", Cagayan de Oro City is ranked as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines, according to the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). The city is one of the top 10 richest cities according to the Commission on Audit (COA), one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia according to, and was named as one of the 2016 Next Wave Cities  for the IT-BPM industry by the IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Cagayan de Oro is considered as a melting pot in Mindanao. A growing metropolis to be classified as a first-class city. Cagayan de Oro serves as the regional center being the most populous highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao (Region noted for its accessibility, business growth and tourism attractions).

Contact Person: Jonathan Arvin Adolfo, Executive Director

Cagayan De Oro ICT Business Council

Syntactics Inc., 3F, Egmedio Bldg, Corrales Ave, Cagayan de Oro City

Mobile Phone: (+63)9177047595

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Founding NICP Members (Iligan 10)