Friday, July 27, 2007

GILAS in Quezon City

Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte had publicized that Quezon City is the ICT capital of the Philippines. Primarily because of the presence of call centers and business process outsourcing firms in the city.

But there is another reason to prove that Quezon City indeed is the ICT capital of the Philippines through its participation in GILAS! Mayor Belmonte is one of the first public officials that have pledged support in GILAS. Because in GILAS, we practice the 50% counterparting from both the public and the private sector. In the case of Quezon City, the total cost of connecting all of its public high schools is Php8,000,000. So GILAS and the local government of Quezon City each have to raise P4,000,000. And by March 2007, all of 46 Quezon City's public high schools are connected to the Internet!

We thank all the local government of Quezon City, the various private sector donors locally and overseas, and also to Bayan Telecommunications for providing one year free Internet connection to all the public high schools in Quezon City.

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