Dagupan as ICT central

THE recent move of the Dagupan City government to begin laying down the foundation to make the city a truly a center for information and communications technology (ICY) by seeking to define incentives for establishments is in the right direction.

Indeed, no one comes to a place to establish a business simply because a community says it is the center. Without incentives, there is no inducement or material motivation to set up facilities where no significant infrastructures are in place. Business is business.

The plan, however, to impose a minimum capital of P40 million, is the monkey wrench thrown into the table. Suddenly, the organizers really did not understand what the ICT is all about, how it grew and why it now leads the world to it.

Obviously, the organizers are of the impression that constructing a building and installing equipment are what make an ICT endeavor legitimate. Wrong.

ICT is about development of systems adopting and or introducing newer technology by talented people. It is not your typical manufacturing plant.

To be an ICT central, it must take pride in having the presence of exceptionally talented people working together from whom new systems can be developed for the world.  Buildings and jobs follow once new ICT systems are developed each time.

So, if the city truly wants to draw ICT ventures into the city, it should start demolishing restrictive and disincentive requirements, like the P40M capital.



THE killing of Mayor Antonio C. Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas, on Monday recalled the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy 55 years ago.  Both died by a single bullet fired by a sniper. Kennedy was hit in the head while seated in a top-down car during a parade in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963.  Halili’s heart was pierced by an armalite shot while standing still as the Philippine national anthem was being played in front of the Tanauan City Hall.  As snipers thrive from afar, Kennedy’s assassin was in a tall building some 200 meters away, Halili’s in a grassy area from an elevated portion 160 meters away.  There is practically no witness to a sniper at work, making it hard for the police to pin down a suspect.  That is why after nearly six decades, Kennedy’s assassination remains unsolved.

It is fervently prayed that Halili’s case would be different, what with CCTVs and other technological advances in play to help probers.


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