IBM vows help for local govt units, communities


Technology giant IBM has reaffirmed its commitment in supporting the Philippine government and the communities it serve through capacity building and innovation.

Luis Pineda, president and country general manager of IBM Philippines, said the company will continue to deploy its Corporate Service Corps (CSC).

“In the last eight years, 17 CSC teams have been to the Philippines to work with government and NGOs in projects that result to some game-changing innovations. By 2017, in time for the company’s 80th anniversary milestone here in the country, IBM is ready to deploy CSC team No.18,” Pineda said.

These teams work with local governments, universities and business groups on a variety of initiatives ranging from upgrading technology for a government agency, increase international tourism to a government funded poverty alleviation initiative, and work with artisans to improving public water quality.

In the Philippines, a 12-member CSC team worked with several key agencies of the government on core social economic challenges and to coordinate strategic action plans using information technology.

“By utilizing IBM’s business solution expertise, we expect that this will ultimately lead to better citizen service for the Filipino people,” Pineda said.

Over the course of one month, global IBMers from Australia, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the United States worked pro-bono as consultants for the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute, and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Gene Lorica, officer in charge of the Assistant National Statistician for Systems Development Division and Information Technology and Dissemination Service of PSA, said the recommendations of the IBM team will be discussed to help officials come up with concrete action plans on how to effect the proposed change.

“Their work will be used as one of the inputs in the preparation of the office’s work plan for 2017 in line with our thrust of having an enterprise architecture design,” he said.

“We hope that this partnership is just a start or an initial partnership and IBM would consider follow through partnerships, for us to have at least a road map on how we will be able to come up with an integrated systems, databases, and processes to become a true solid responsive world class authority on statistics and civil registration,” Lorica added.


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