The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Provincial Government of Baguio City inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the design and management of National Government Data Center (NGDC) and Digital Transformation Center (DTC) – Innovation Hub.

DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong led the ceremonial signing at the DICT Central Office on September 30, 2021.

“This partnership seeks to enhance the ICT upskilling efforts and strengthen the ICT entrepreneurship ecosystem in Baguio City. Our goal had always been to build a better investment environment for the ICT industry, to ensure abundant job opportunities for our workers, and to create more thriving local economies across the country,” Secretary Honasan said.

The MOA aims to advance the DICT’s aim of accelerating government digital transformation through the development of the NGDCs and the build-up of human capital through the establishment of DTCs. 

Digital Transformation Centers are upgraded Tech4ED Centers wherein the Department holds various ICT skills and literacy trainings. DTCs serve as dedicated areas for the conduct of trainings, and as co-working spaces to develop the capacities of Filipinos to enable them to participate in the digital economy.

On the other hand, the development of the NGDC would provide faster and reliable data exchange among agencies at a lower cost, resulting in greater efficiency as data centers serve as a fundamental aspect of an e-government system.

“I would like to express my thanks to Secretary Honasan and the DICT for choosing us for this initiative. This is actually the first Digital Transformation Center in Baguio City, and this would serve as a strong foundation for us as we pursue other digital transformation projects during this pandemic,” Mayor Magalong said.