Gov says Pangasinan to embrace digitization as a way of life

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 25 – The provincial government of Pangasinan hosted for the first time an information communication technology congress designed to raise the level of awareness of its people, especially the young ones, on the wide-ranging and numerous benefits of going online.

During the opening program of the Pangasinan Digital ICT Congress last November 21 at the Sison Auditorium here, Governor Amado Espino Jr. said that at present, the province has embarked on a common and bold mission to embrace digitization as a way of life of Pangasinenses.

In his spech read by Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, Espino said the provincial government is already in the process of digitizing the real property tax administration with a common RPTA computer system now being installed in all municipalities.

Espino said the provincial government has set its sights towards digital technology which is the reason it has included in its project line-up online medical consultation to better improve hospital management, financial management requiring legislative tracking, online legal services, online emergency response, and online disaster management.

The provincial government will also invest in technology packages that are cost-effective and high impact that will be beneficial for Pangasinenses such as the provision of wi-fi (wireless fidelity) for all municipalities.

“Siguro kapag wi-fi na ang bayan-bayan at munisipyo sa Pangasinan, maraming matutuwa kina Mayor at kapitan dahil marami na ang makakapag-internet na mga kababayan,” said Espino in his speech further read by Baraan.

It will be recalled that the governor has made his presence available in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter so that Pangasinenses here and abroad can easily interact with him.

“In this age of globalization, if we are not online, we don’t exist,” the governor said.

The latest survey reveals that there are more or less 600,000 Pangasinenses on the internet.

The first Pangasinan ICT congress, held from November 21 to November 26 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center, was participated in by mostly students, some professionals and provincial employees.

Speakers included the following: Carlo Ople, Social Media Manager of TV 5; JV Rufino, Head of Inquirer Digital; Coy Caballes, Social Media Manager of Globe Telecom; Col. Gilbert Sosa, CIDG Chief; Vince Golangco, Video Online Publisher; Leo Quirubin, CEO of Media Gateway, among others.

The event was sponsored by Globe Business, ARCUS IT and AVIRA. (PNA) LAP/lvm/lmmicua/rma

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