The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) awarded its partners from the public and private sector during the “Alab: Recognition of Partners in Advancing the Digital PH Agenda” last June 28, 2022 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

Outgoing DICT Acting Secretary Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic expressed his gratitude to all the partners during the event. “With your help, we have built a more expansive ICT industry. We have endeavored to grow the industry that continuously provides employment to our people. We have also started reforms and advocated ease of doing business in government transactions,” he said.

Caintic also welcomed incoming DICT Secretary Atty. Ivan John E. Uy, who graced the event. “The next chapter of the story is about to unfold,” he said.

DICT Assistant Secretary Nestor S. Bongato shared how Filipinos are starting to use ICT more and more in their daily lives and becoming more reliant on ICT as an enabler of safer and more convenient day-to-day activities. Asec. Bongato believes that DICT has truly made significant progress in the ICT industry with the help of the partners from all sectors.

A total of 80 individuals and organizations were awarded for their invaluable contributions to the growth of ICT in the country. The awards were divided into three different categories– Spark, Strengthen, and Sustain.

The Alab Spark Awards recognize partners who are instrumental in igniting the spark of change, leading to an exponential growth of the country’s ICT ecosystem. These awardees are the innovators, frontrunners, and trailblazers of the Philippine ICT industry. 

The Alab Strengthen Awards honor partners who help turn the small sparks of change into blazing fires by sharing their technical expertise in upskilling both the government and the private sector to better adapt to the changing digital landscape.

Lastly, the Alab Sustain Awards recognize DICT partners who continue to encourage support for local ICT growth, whether through investments or through organizing people or communities to rally behind reforms needed to push forward the Philippine digital agenda.

“The Alab Recognition Awards is as much a call to action as it is a celebration of our journey. As we acknowledge the progress we have made with everyone here, we also look forward to what we can achieve further in the future,” DICT Undersecretary Maria Victoria Castro said.

The recognition night is part of the month-long celebration of the National ICT Month to commemorate the vital role of ICT in nation-building.