Digital cities outside Metro Manila aim to create over a hundred thousand local jobs by 2025.

So far, of the 31 cities launched under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)’s Digital Cities Program, nine have completed their five-year roadmaps.


These include Balanga, Batangas, General Santos, Iligan, Legazpi, Puerto Proncesa, Taytay Rizal, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga.

The DICT’s Digital Cities Program identified 25 locations and 31 cities as ideal sites for information technology business process management (IT-BPM) companies outside of Metro Manila.

The cities were identified based on four major metrics – talent, business enviroment, infrastructure and cost of doing business.

The insights and data from stakeholders were gathered through a series of design thinking and strategic planning workshops.

Aside from IT-BPM investments, the local stakeholders were also encouraged to inventory their strengths in hosting the growth of freelancers, technology entreprenuers, startups and innovators.

They were asked to promote innovation and use of digital technologies across all industries in their communities.

To fully support these locations, part of the intervention under the Digital Cities Program assisted them in creating and designing their 5-year roadmaps through various strategic planning, stakeholders and design thinking workshops.

The roadmap serves as a comprehensive repository of business information to help investors in assessing a location’s readiness to host IT-BPM companies.

The digital cities roadmap is a living document where strategies and milestones shall be continuously updated.

“The goal (of the digital cities) is not just to recover from the economic slowdown, but to boost growth for local industries and communities,” stressed DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II.

“We aim to bridge the progress gap in the countryside to strengthen local economies,” he concluded.

Source: Manila Bulletin (