The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Uy stressed the role of the department in pushing for countryside development and its commitment in being a strong ally for rural development during the 10th Visayas ICT Conference (VICTOR) last August 26, 2022 in Boracay Island, Malay, Province of Aklan.

“Commemorating a decade of leveraging the Visayas region for Philippine Digital Transformation, we are honored at the DICT to be an institutional partner in the nurturing of countryside-centric initiatives such as the conferences spearheaded by National ICT Confederation of the Philippines or NICP in Visayas, Luzon, and Mindanao,” said Secretary Uy in his keynote speech.

Sec Ivan John Uy also added that the department has great plans for various ICT councils and the IT-BPM industry.

“To establish and strengthen the ICT councils and foster collaboration of relevant stakeholders in developing their local ICT roadmaps, we also have the Digital Cities 2025 Program, formerly known as the Next Wave Cities Project. The Digital Cities Program aims to expand the IT-BPM Industry and ensure decent work and economic growth, especially in the countryside.”

The VICTOR conference is organized by the NICP Visayas ICT Cluster Organization (VICTOR), in cooperation with the DICT, Aklan ICT Council (AICTC), the Provincial Government of Aklan, Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications technology (BNEFIT). The discussion highlighted topics on Collaboration, Innovation, and Inclusion.

The Collaboration panel focused on projects from the government, and the public and private sectors that work together to create an enabling ICT ecosystem. Among its speakers were: Director Emmy Lou V. Delfin of the DICT-ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB); Remedios Feliciano-Lim, Division Chief of Infrastructure and Services Industries Service, Board of Investments (BOI); Celeste Ilagan, Chief Policy and Regulatory Affairs Officer of IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP); and Jeffrey Ian Dy, Assistant Secretary for Upskilling of the DICT.

The Innovation panel discussed the new and emerging technologies that are revolutionizing the boundaries between virtual, physical, and biological realms, such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Data Analytics. Among its speakers were: Gail Cruz- Macapagal, Country Director of DynaQuest, Carl Alarcon who is the Lead for Enablement & Innovations at Apper Digital Inc, Dexter Laggui from International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc. – (ISC)2 Philippines, and Dr. Cristina Orbecido who is currently the Head for Negros Occidental Language and IT Center.

The Inclusion panel highlights the importance of developing international partnership and linkages to further the development of the ICT Industry. Among its speakers were local chief executives namely Atty. Ronnie Dadivas of Roxas City, Mayor Jane Yap of Tagbilaran City and Atty. Carlo Jose Martinez of Bogo City, with Joe Bantiling, Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and Jesus Domingo, Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs. DICT’s Undersecretary for ICT Industry Development Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, who is also a former president of the NICP, led the closing of the event.