ZAMBOANGA CITY – The construction of the Digital Transformation Center for Persons with Disabilities, Women, and Senior Citizens located at the Department of Information and Communications Technology – IX+BASULTA Talon-Talon Office, Zamboanga City has commenced Saturday August 20, 2022. Department of Public Works and Highways – IX provided the fund and expertise in the construction of the said building.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, newly appointed Asec. Maria Teresa Camba who currently still serves as the Regional Director for DICT IX, revealed that the DTC building will serve as an Innovation Hub for startups, Co-working space for freelancers, and a Training center specializing on basic to advance ICT skills. “Our priority for this Center is to serve the women, Senior Citizens, and persons with disabilities in Zamboanga City, to empower them to access a plethora of opportunities found on the internet,” Asec. Camba shared.

The groundbreaking ceremony was personally led by DICT Sec. Ivan John E. Uy together with Usec. Paul Joseph Mercado, DICT Undersecretary for Special Concerns. Also present at the ceremony were DICT IX+BASULTA’s Chief Administrative Officer Mr. Aris B. Austria and Technical Operations Division Chief Mr. Jacob Mohammad. Women, Senior Citizen, and PWD sector leaders. The DTC Initiative was launched in September 2019 by ITU in partnership with Cisco with the objective of supporting countries to strengthen the digital capacities of citizens, particularly in underserved communities. The selected DTCs become part of a global network of institutions to accelerate the uptake of digital technologies among citizens and boost the capacity of young entrepreneurs and SMEs to succeed in the digital economy.