Countryside Development in the Philippines

By Gloria H. Grejalde

Countryside development would enable the Philippines to maximize our existing resources, in terms of manpower, public works, and utility services. This would result in our country’s own growth potential,” Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chairperson of the National Information and Communications Technology Confederation (NICP) said Thursday.

Speaking at the opening of the two-day 5th National ICT Confederation Summit being held at the Monochrome, Nuvali, and Sta. Rosa City on Thursday, Batapa-Sigue stressed:

“As more roads and bridges are being built and more telecommunication lines are put up, there is a huge opportunity for people living in the countryside to become part of global outsourcing phenomenon.”

Batapa-Sigue said LGUs can utilize information and communications technology to reach the goal of improving their own locales that could also result in providing more employment for their residents.

She added that ICT enables LGU leaders to improve basic services to their constituents while becoming more encouraging to investment opportunities.

“All we need is the right strategy to make the countryside more viable for businesses,” she said, adding that “with the development being propagated from the metro-cities to the countryside, especially in the growing information and communications technology sector, many local government units are becoming even more challenged to provide the right environment to both domestic and foreign investors.”

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