The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) aims to name the next 20 Digital Cities in the Philippines by March, 2020.
These additional cities will be selected according to the scorecard system developed in collaboration with Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) locators or investors through the IT & Business Process Association Philippines (IBPAP). This set of metrics reflects what investors look for in selecting the perfect location for their business. Each city will be assessed based on four criteria: talent availability; infrastructure; cost of doing business; business environment and risk management.
Being named as a Digital City speaks of the city’s capability to cater global business investments in the IT-BPM sector. It also entails continuous support from the DICT in the forms of talent and infrastructure development, as well as assistance in creating ICT councils that would manage these cities business environment, among others.
To date, there are a total of 25 duly recognized Digital Cities all over the Philippines. Among the observed significant changes within these localities since their recognition are the overall boost in economic growth, increase in employment and commercial activity, and improvement in the quality of lives among communities. The cities soon to be added to the list are projected to experience the same progress as those that were first identified. They are also forecasted to further add to the national economic growth of the country.
Digital Cities is a program under the Digital Philippines initiative. Digital Philippines is the flagship initiative of the DICT that aims to transform the Philippines and Filipinos to enable full utilization of the potentials of ICT through five focused programs: Digital Government; Digital Classrooms; Digital Workplace; Digital Workforce; and Digital Communities.