Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim of Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) was recently awarded ICT Contributor of the Year, at the recently concluded International ICT Awards.

Mr. Ibrahim was cited for his work in Government, primarily in the implementation of the Philippine Cyber Corridor Initiative, which aims to make the Philippines the Global for IT-BPO services. He was also instrumental in sustaining the development of the Philippine cyberservices industry, helping the country reach its current status of being second in global market share next to India. He also led marketing initiatives in promoting the Philippine IT-BPO brand worldwide, resulting in the country being awarded ÒOutstanding Destination of the YearÓ in 2007 and 2009.

Mr. Ibrahim was also active in organizing 32 regional ICT councils to help sustain regional ICT development projects. These councils helped establish and develop the countryÕs current Next Wave Cities, or alternative destinations for IT-BPO other than the established IT hubs of Metro Manila, Cebu and Clark, which currently account for 26% of the countryÕs IT-BPO output.

DOST-ICTO Executive Director Mr. Louis Casambre praised Mr. Ibrahim by saying; ÒWe are very proud of MonÕs accomplishments and are glad that he continues his good work in advancing ICT development in the country as a major driving force in DOST-ICTOÓ.

The International ICT Awards is organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP). Receiving the same recognition at this yearÕs awards were former Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia De Lima and former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary, Mr. Vergilio Pena.

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