New technology park pushed for Davao City

Subscribe Now February 10, 2011 at 02:05am

The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is proposing a "center of excellence" in the form of a technology park located near schools here as part of efforts to lure more investors. "It (center of excellence) will be one big community," Erriberto P. Barriga, Jr., president of the Information and Communications Technology Association of Davao, told journalists here.

He said such a center will provide for the manpower, research and other needs of ICT investors.

The city now has the Damosa complex, located about six kilometers from downtown, that has been operating as an ICT park for about four years now.

However, it hosts only one of six major contact centers here, the rest scattered through the central business district.

The ICT group’s proposal is getting support from the city government, which plans to amend its zoning ordinance accordingly, said Roberto P. Alabado III, acting city planning officer.

Mr. Alabado said it is necessary to amend the zoning ordinance, considering it was last updated in 1997. "We will update it according to the thrust of the city government," he said.

The city government plans to include the ICT industry among its priority investment areas this year. Hence, the revision to the zoning code will have to address the requirements of the ICT industry, Mr. Alabado said.


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