The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) has partnered with the ICT industry to implement the ICT Scholarship and Training Program which aims to, among others, provide training in industry-specified areas of specialization in ICT, and increase the size and employability of the country’s ICT talent pool. The Program falls under the overall objective of the DOST in providing scholarships to science and technology and ICT students, graduates, and professionals. Funded under a special appropriation on the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) proceeds, the initial phase of this Program supports specific segments of the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry, namely, information technology outsourcing and software development, game development, and animation. In the 2012-2016 Philippine IT-BPM Road Map published by the DOST-ICT Office, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines, and TeamAsia, there is a need to sustain the growth and momentum of the IT-BPM industry through the implementation of key and strategic initiatives in the areas of talent, marketing and branding, ecosystem, and research. Further, the industry must be able to respond to the requirements of the global market; one way to do this is to ensure that there is steady supply of workforce that have the necessary skills to provide the services required by the target market.

The ICT Scholarship and Training Program aims to expand the country’s pool of skilled professionals in targeted high growth segments of the IT-BPM industry, as well as support the goal of producing more globally competitive ICT skilled professionals, particularly in the area of mobile applications development, game development, and 3D animation. The ICT Office has partnered with industry associations, namely the Philippine Software Industry Association, the Game Developers Association of the Philippines, and the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc., to coordinate and mobilize activities in pursuing this Program. In fact, the ICT Office has pursued a Memorandum of Understanding with each of these associations to, among others, develop further the ICT skills required for the aforementioned segments of the IT-BPM industry.

The Program varies in length, scope, and coverage. For this Phase, the courses include the following:

  1. Game Design and Development Course, a 60-day course, developed with the Game Developers Association of the Philippines, which focuses on the foundational knowledge of creating 2D and 3D Video Games and shall be conducted by the University of the Philippines-Information Technology Development Center (UP-ITDC);
  2.  Mobile and Embedded Software Development Course, developed with the Philippine Software Industry Association, aims to provide training on the software development of mobile application for iOs, Android, and Windows Platform, to be conducted within a period of sixty days also by UP-ITDC in its Quezon City campus; and
  3. 3D Animation Course, developed with the Animation Council of the Philippines, a specialized 76-day course that focuses on advanced principles and theories of animation, to be conducted by the University of Makati.

Each of the above-mentioned course will have up to thirty (30) slots available to qualified scholars; applicants, however, must meet certain eligibility criteria and shall be subject to a screening process.  The scholarship program reaches out to underprivileged, talented and deserving students, practitioners, near hire job applicants, and government employees and provides them the opportunity to apply such skill in their chosen field, pursue a career in the ICT industry, or engage in entrepreneurial-related activities.

For more information:

The Registrar
University of the Philippines-Information Technology Development Center
2/F Vida Tan Hall, Quirino Avenue cor. Velasquez Street
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

The Registrar
University of Makati
J.P. Rizal Extension, West Rembo, Makati City

About the ICT Office

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity. In the area of ICT industry development, it shall develop and implement a comprehensive program to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of ICT industry segments and firms; formulate and implement an integrated and comprehensive program to support the growth of the ICT industry in the regions; undertake the development of an industry-relevant curriculum in coordination with the industry, government and academe to enhance the competitiveness of the ICT workforce; formulate, recommend and implement a comprehensive and harmonized ICT promotions and advocacy program.

About PSIA

The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) promotes the growth and global competitiveness of the Philippine software industry. As an industry association, it nurtures a collaborative ecosystem of mature small and medium companies experts in niche technology areas; provides highly-English proficient, adaptive, and customer-oriented workforce; offers a robust and secure ICT infrastructure and cost advantage for high-value end-to-end solutions.

About ACPI

The Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) is a non-stock and non-profit organization whose member companies specialize mainly in, but not limited to, either 2D or 3D animation. It is an organization recognized and supported by the Philippine government whose aim is to promote the Animation Industry globally with the intention of creating an identity for the Philippines to be considered amongst the preferred countries that service the animation industry.

As an organized body, ACPI aims to promote the Filipino talent both locally and internationally. With the cooperation of its members as well as the Philippine government, it is envisioned that the member studios will be considered competitive both creatively and technologically.

About GDAP

The Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) is a trade association in the Philippines, established in 2007 to represent and promote the country’s game development industry. Its members create and publish interactive games and entertainment content for various platforms. GDAP is supported by various affiliate member organizations including schools and universities, game studios, publishers, as well as retailers, all of whom play key roles in the country’s thriving game industry.