DICT, IBPAP, NICP, in partnership with ADEC Innovations, launch new DigitalCitiesPh portalBACK
Quezon City, Philippines, July 20, 2018 — The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) has launched the DigitalCitiesPH portal, a comprehensive and definitive website that assesses and ranks cities according to their viability as the next growth center in the IT-BPM sector.
The portal is built in partnership with ADEC Innovations, an impact investing company focused on designing, developing, and delivering a comprehensive and cutting-edge portfolio of sustainable business solutions that aim at meeting the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) thrust of the world’s leading organizations.
"It is an honor on our end to become part and be able to contribute to our country’s nation-building endeavors,"" says ADEC Innovations Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Technology Justin Rebano. "As a sustainability-adherent company, it is our topmost priority not only to support government initiatives like this but also be at the forefront of uplifting communities’ and its people’s lives.""
The online platform links cities to potential ICT councils outside of Metro Manila. "It was, in fact, our intent to support different provinces and cities in redefining themselves as new digital hubs and provide everyone the opportunity to connect and make their locations more attractive to potential investors,"" says Rey Untal, CEO and president of IBPAP, at the event attended by key industry stakeholders. Present also are DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr and Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, IBPAP Board Trustee Jonathan de Luzuriaga, and NICP president Jocelle Batapa-Sigue.
The creation of the portal is in line with the national government’s Next Wave Cities program, an initiative focused on the development of ICT-enabled hubs outside Metro Manila. The launch also marks the initiative’s official rebranding to DigitalCitiesPh.
This one-stop-portal is user-friendly, navigable, and aesthetically designed, allowing its future users to retrieve relevant, detailed information in no time. Every data is either one-search away, or through an interactive map that leads to specific provinces and cities.
In essence, the portal will help outline 145 cities, 81 provinces, and 1500 municipalities in the country. Each profile will contain critical information on a location’s talent information, infrastructure capacity, cost of doing business, and, most importantly, its digital-readiness, a new criterion in gauging a specific location’s potential as a future growth driver.
The digitalcitiesPH portal is expected to be available publicly by the end of July.