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Nov 25 2016

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Global leaders and shapers bring tech talk to Bohol IT new engine for growth- Chatto

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Over a hundred young global leaders and shapers gathered over the weekend at the Be Grand Resort in Panglao for the three-day Open Collaboration of East Asian Nations (OCEAN) 16 summit.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) Chief Strategy Officer Winston Damarillo, recognized young global leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), pitched the idea to Gov. Edgar Chatto at a time when the government, and business and industry sector are more determined than ever to position Bohol in this fast-growing technological world.

The summit themed “Fourth Industrial Revolution” not only talked about how high technology will promote rapid industrialization and how digital can impact lives for the better but also how to bring it home to the masses.

It brought in technological experts, CEOs and founders of successful social enterprises and start-up companies, and big business names to share success stories that ride on the digital age.

Speakers at the forum talked about how technology can become a democratizer by bridging the urban and rural divide.

Plenary sessions of the conference featured discourses on data, sustainability, inclusion, talent, innovation, small business, economic power, and collaborative governance centred on data.

Bohol’s own business and industry sector attended the summit, including members of the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), also members of the Bohol Information Communications Technology Council, as well as young entrepreneurs.

In a plenary session on collaborative governance, Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II and BCCI trustee and ICT committee chairperson Jerome Auza shared Bohol’s successes in road reforms and even the earthquake response as concrete examples of collaborative governance.

OCEAN 16 organizers said the summit was brought to Bohol precisely because the province is a showcase of collaboration.

Chatto, for his part, has always emphasized how bringing in Information Technology as an industry and an engine for growth into Bohol can bring about inclusive growth.

In October, Digital Bohol, aimed at making “every Boholano part of digital technology revolution, and to make technology available, was launched during the Digital Bohol Summit collaborated on by Provincial Government of Bohol, the City Government of Tagbilaran, The Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Bohol ICT Council.

Chatto had stated during planning for the ICT summits this year, “Bohol expects the ICT sector as the one to generate more jobs and produce multiplier effect for jobs, particularly in business process outsourcing (BPO).”

“If every citizen is educated on technology, even the rural communities can generate jobs. This is the fastest way to inclusive growth, we use technology for marketing our products. We use technology for linking into the job market. A trained Boholano doesn’t have to go out; they can just provide services wherever they are,” he added.

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