CICT leads Cebu Convergence 2009

August 28, 2009 -- Aimed to give awareness in enhancing the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in local governance, general community, and the future workforce, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) in cooperation with the government and local ICT stakeholders, conducted the Cebu Convergence 2009 at the Cebu International Convention Center last August 25-26, 2009.

This was learned from Claire P. Fernandez, coordinator, National Computer Center, who informed that the activities lined up for the said convergence include Industry and local ICT updates, track sessions on cyberservices, ICT infrastructures, human capital development, and eGovernment development, among others.

According to Fernandez, the Convergence 2009 tackleed an eGovernance track by the National Computer Center (NCC) that featureed three CICT projects and programs, eLGU Project, Philippine Community eCenter (PhilCeC) Program, and Philippine Community eCenter (PhilCeC) Program. eSerbisyo and eBayad Project offered NCC free services to national and local government agencies that enabled them to include their eservices into a common online portal as well as a government epayment facility and infrastructure without the need to worry about the cost of setup and maintenance.

eLGU Project offers local government units with access to free open source-based revenue generating system for real property, business and other collections, capacity building programs and training for LGUs, Fernandez said.

Philippine Community eCenter (PhilCeC) Program is the government’s answer to meeting the challenges of bridging the digital divide. LGUs in particular were oriented on all aspects of this development-focused program and how to tap it to avail of free equipment, training and other support to jumpstart the establishment of a community eCenter in their respective municipalities, Fernandez further said.

Other activities, Fernandez informed, include site tours to Business Process Outsourcing – IT centers, career talks, education consultancy, job fairs and English assessment intended to benefit academic heads, teachers, exhibitors, IT/BPO-related companies and students mostly from colleges and universities in Cebu.

The Philippines in its aim to be globally competitive, has become a front-runner in developing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry in accordance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s vision of creating interconnected centers of I.T. enabled services all over the country, Fernandez concluded. (PIA-8)

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