VICTOR Celebrates 6 Years of Countryside ICT Innovation in Aklan by Zion Campo, PRO, Bohol ICT Council
- Created: Wednesday, 07 February 2018 06:50
- Written by Super User
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.
For more information, to sponsor or purchase tickets, visit,
ICT Cluster Organization – NICP.