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Next Wave Cities ICT Roadshow: Harnessing ICT for a Smarter Countryside 8:00 am., Wednesday, 03 October 2012 Hiyas Convention Center, Malolos, Bulacan

Special Message Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre Executive Director, DOST-ICTO

On behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), I congratulate the Government of Bulacan for co-organizing this ICT Roadshow with the Office of Information and Communications Technology. The ICT Roadshow is just one of the efforts of the ICTO to spread the potential of ICT in the economic growth of the Philippines. The value of the IT-BPO sector is undeniably relevant in the Philippine economy. In fact in 2011, the IT-BPO sector was able to contribute 11 Billion USD of revenues. In line with these numbers, the industry was able to contribute 638,000 direct employment opportunities for Filipinos. There is a number of great news for the Philippine ICT Industry. One of these is that the Philippines is now number one in the whole world in terms of the Voice BPO services overtaking India in the previous year. However, the Philippines has a lot to offer in terms of the ICT and IT-BPO sector. The Philippines looks forward to a sustainable ICT in 2016. From the 9 percent growth rate in 2010-2011, the IT-BPO is projecting a steady growth of 20 percent CAGR, which is equivalent to 25 B USD of revenues in 2016. That constitutes to 1.4 billion jobs. With the presence and the continuous effort of the Next Wave Cities Program, we are in the hunt for potential locations that will be the home of different IT-BPO companies. This would mean that you do not need to leave your area and go to Metro Manila. This means employment opportunities closer to each home of the Filipinos. In order for these figures become a reality, the Department of Science and Technology through the ICT office has come up with relevant programs that can be catalysts of a strong ICT and IT-BPO industry that would achieve the goals of the Office. These programs are iGovernment, Cybersecurity, ICT Industry Development, ICT Policy Environment, and Internet for all. Combined with our programs and the transparency among stakeholders, we could determine ways to further improve services and policies that promote ICT development. While all these numbers that are good to hear. The challenge is on for the Filipinos. These will not be possible without the cooperation of the different sectors and industry in our country. That is why in achieving these, the effort does not merely lie to the Philippine government. But it is an effort between the industry associations, Filipino talent pool, investors, and the government to work together to achieve these goals.

This event is just a step in order to spread the potential of the IT-BPO industry. We are lucky, that we are joined by our colleagues in different associations such as the BPAP, CCAP, ACPI, PSIA, GDAP, HIMOAP and NICP. These associations will help us give light on issues and trends for the Philippine ICT industry. The past years have been fruitful with the partnership of government and industry. With the promises and challenges faced by the industry, we assure you that the government is one with you in promoting the industry as one of the leading players in the global market and developing talents ready to take on the challenge of the ICT and IT-BPO. Again, I welcome you to the ICT Roadshow. Let us all ride the wave of strength of ICT in the countryside. Maraming salamat at Mabuhay!

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