Bogo City hosts this year’s  Visayas ICT Conference. Issues, challenges and opportunities in the IT-BPM industry were discussed in this one day conference attended by decision makers from different LGUs in the Visayas as well as guest game changers in the ICT industry both local and international.

The day after, a one-day job fair was held in the city’s sports complex, participated in by big BPM firms like Sykes, Concentrix, Teleperformance, Qualfon and Fusion BPO Services Philippines.

The conference is an annual gathering of the Visayas ICT Council Cluster to share information and updates on the trends and challenges in the digital world.

With the theme, “Moving Forward Towards Digital Countryside,” Department of Information and Communications Technology-Central Visayas (DICT-7) Assistant Regional Director Frederick Amores said the seventh edition of the confab is aimed to promote Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry development, generate investments, and create new jobs for the cities and municipalities in the countryside.

“This is why we, the organizers, have decided to bring the Conference to Bogo, a more remote but progressive city in Cebu, and introduce to the city and its neighboring towns some doable and affordable ICT solutions for them,” Amores said during the Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency) Cebu forum.

The annual conference is jointly organized by VICTOR, National ICT Federation of the Philippines (NICP), and DICT.

Bogo City ICT Department head Roger Toñacao, who was with Amores and Cebu IT-BPM. Organization (CIB.O) managing director Wilfredo Sa-a Jr. at the forum, said Mayor Carlo Martinez agreed to host this year’s confab as the event will give the city opportunities to improve its economy and generate jobs for its constituents.

“What better way for us to improve our economy than to go towards the direction of ICT,” said Toñacao, who is also the president of the Bogo ICT Council.

Topics lined up for discussion in the two-day gathering include Catching Up with the Digital World, Creating Digital Cities, Rural Impact Sourcing – Developing Countryside Outsourcing, Better Livelihood Using ICT, and the creation of the Tagbilaran Information Technology/Business Process Management (IT/BPM) Ecosystem.