Fast-growing Philippines city uses IT to get ahead

By on 12/04/2014 | Updated on 24/09/2020
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The mayor of a city in the Philippines has concluded that investment in IT will lead to economic prosperity for his electorate.

Oscar Moreno, mayor of Cagayan de Oro City since last June, told FutureGov that he would invest in technology to “improve government services and efficiency and for revenue generation.” He added: “If we want to achieve more for our people, technology is the key.”

Moreno’s comments reflect a growing awareness among politicians and policy makers around the world of the relation between technology investment and economic growth.

In the UK, for example, the government has made ICT investment a central plank of public sector reform1. This is helping to streamline public service delivery and provide investment in small-to-medium-sized technology companies.

Many economists have identified such businesses as the engines of growth for nations as they continue to deal with the effects of the global financial crisis.

In Cagayan de Oro City, which has a population of around 160,000, Moreno believes spending on technology will help the city maintain its status as one of the Philippine’s fastest-growing areas. Moreover, he says the resulting prosperity will bring benefits to the wider region.


About Kevin Sorkin

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