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New groups join push for DICT bill

by: Admin

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | Outsourcing News |

Hype over DICT intensifies

The National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) has joined the campaign for legislators to pass the bill to establish a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. NICP chair Jocell Sigue believes the creation of the DICT is a necessary step in fortifying the country's position in the global outsourcing marketplace – especially throughout the current recession.

“It is time that the clamor for a DICT to be heard by the highest law-making bodies of this country. Other Asean governments heeded the call for an ICT department or ministry, and are now closing the gap on our hard-earned and much-valued ICT competitiveness,” Sigue said.

Sigue stressed the importance of ICT in developing the local outsourcing sector, which helped the country post positive numbers throughout the recession. In 2008, the Philippines' IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector earned $6 billion in export revenues – employing around 400,000, NICP reported. The House of Representatives passed the DICT bill in the same year. A similar proposal is currently pending in the Senate.

Other groups joining the campaign include the Joint Foreign Chambers, the Business Processing Association of the Philippines, the Contact Center Association of the Philippines, the Management Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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