Sunday, November 30, 2008

SL Technological College Foundation Inc. Participates in the 1st National Summit of ICT Councils

SL Technological College Foundation Inc. (SLTCFI) headed by the institution’s President, Rosemarie Q. Rey and Marketing Manager James Nuñez actively participated in the country’s 1st National Summit of ICT Councils which was held last November 25-26 at the Maria Cristina Hotel in Iligan City.

With the theme of "Advancing Philippine BPO-IT Competitiveness: Networking of Local ICT Players for the National Effort,'' the National Summit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) councils focused on the local ICT councils and foundations' competitiveness enhancement in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

The Iligan Information and Communications Technology Council (IICTC, or Iligan eCouncil), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), and the Iligan City chamber of commerce organized the said event. The organizers believe that the action plans conceived during the summit will contribute directly to the unified vision of the government in providing investment and employment for the people.

Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders and practitioners in the field of information technology who attended the said event. Among those who responded to the invitation were organized local IT-Business Process Outsourcing stakeholders and players from the cities of Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iligan, Iloilo, General Santos, Legaspi, Metro Clark and Quezon.

In the said conference, speakers discussed about best practices focused on the need for a multi-stakeholder approach to attain success in the IT-BPO industry. Among the noted speakers was Rosemarie Q. Rey, President of Albay ICT Association, who discussed about the integration of IT component in setting up a tourism economic zone. Rey, who is also the president and CEO of SLTCFI (an IT school in Legazpi City that partners with foreign-based firms for business process outsourcing) has long been promoting and implementing various ICT initiatives that are making major impact in the local IT-BPO industry. Other speakers in the summit include Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chairperson of Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT Inc.; Bonifacio Belen, executive director of Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT, and Glenn Aguilar, chairperson of Iloilo Federation for IT and Lizabel Holganza, president of ICT Davao Inc.

The vision of the summit is to serve as a venue for collaboration and sharing of best practices and the unified voice of regional stakeholders in the country’s ICT industry. The ICT councils expressed their commitment and solid support to the various initiatives for the growth and development of Information and Communications Technology in the country in order to generate investments and revenues and to create more jobs for Filipinos.

SLTCFI is privileged and proud to be part of this significant event and the institution is committed in promoting the summit’s vision which will contribute to the development of ICT in the country through local initiatives.

In this regard, SLTCFI is confident that it is strongly equipped to assist and support the local government of Legazpi in improving and developing its ICT industry by implementing programs that will enhance the educational system and in it, integrate ICT to produce a highly competent workforce. This initiative will in turn improve the lives of the people not just in the locality but in the whole of the nation as well.

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