Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Launching of Digital Cities 2025

(Tuesday, 29th of June 2021)


Iligan City – A collaborative effort between the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) proceeded as they host an online event launching the Digital Cities 2025 initiative on a Zoom Meeting and a Live stream on Facebook on June 28.

Local Government Units (LGUs), ICT Councils, and IT-BPM sectors will have access to information on private and public sector strategies and best practices to successfully promote and expand the IT-BPM industry in their regions as part of the initiative. The program emphasizes the significance of developing data infrastructure and incorporating it into city management decision support systems to encourage innovation and assist in the resolution of complicated urban challenges. Smart city solutions, particularly in new and fast-rising countries, are considered to uncover possibilities for residents to achieve wealth and fulfillment. The program aims to keep the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry growing at a high pace while also promoting rural development.

Twenty-five digital cities have been identified as the focal points for new economic growth in the Philippines during the next three years. Only nine of these cities were able to submit a Roadmap and were granted the opportunity to present it during the launch of the Digital Cities 2025, one of them is Iligan City.

“Your DICT is cooperating with industry experts to strengthen the 25 Digital Cities and promote dynamism in the local economic environment,” Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II stated. “The plan is for industry experts to be ambassadors through various interventions to help reinforce the role of the IT-BPM industry in economic growth,” He added.

Iligan City, being a major city in Mindanao, with a population of 342,600++, has long aimed for a place on the list of successful sites for ICT investments. Its government, corporate, and human resource stakeholders are all working hard to change the image of the city’s peace and order situation, demonstrating to investors that it is, in fact, an appropriate business site for thousands of freelance digital experts and tech-savvy workers.

Attended by Vice Mayor Jemar “Monsi” Vera Cruz and Councilor Jake Balanay, they represented the city and proudly promoted Iligan. The city is one of Mindanao’s fastest-growing cities, with enormous economic potential. It’s dubbed the “Battery of Mindanao” since it powers 65 percent of the island’s economy. The average literacy rate in Iligan City is 98.3 percent. Iligan City is home to 13 higher institutions, producing around 4,600 graduates each year. The Mindanao State University’s Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) is located in the city and offers 15 programs that have been designated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development, including Engineering, Information Technology, Statistics, and Mathematics, among others. Annually, the city generates about 5,400 senior high school graduates and 2,200 technical-vocational graduates.

In comparison to nearby cities like Cagayan De Oro, the city also offers a low cost of living. Making it a perfect place to gather upcoming talents of the field and affordable housing rates for potential employees from other parts of the country.

The Laguindingan Airport is around 30 minutes distant from the city, making air travel from major cities more convenient and accessible. The Iligan City Integrated Bus Terminal and the Port of Iligan provide access to the city by land and water. Furthermore, the city serves as a gateway to neighboring cities and provinces such as Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon, lowering travel costs and allowing for the development of new skills.

All these indicate how marketable Iligan is and how promising the city is in terms of potential for improvement and development. Something we Iliganons can be proud of.

– Kristoff S. / Web – CIO