(STAR) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will inaugurate and inspect tomorrow, (Thursday, Dec.3), the IBM Innovation Center at the Ayala Techno park, Commonwealth Ave., a facility designed to support the demand for digital infrastructure projects in industries like banking, energy, telecommunications, transportation, retail and even government.

The center will provide IBM partners, as well as entrepreneurs and the academic communities across the nation, access to training workshops, consulting services, and hands-on assistance.

New IT opportunities are being fueled by a $6.8-billion Philippines Economic Recovery Program that invests in infrastructure projects in areas including transportation, tourism, power, water and housing.

The Philippines has around 24 million Internet users today, a 75 percent jump from the 14 million recorded last year.

The IBM Center will support new opportunities by providing technical experts and customized hands-on support to test and validate users’ software technologies before they go to market. It will also offer training and access to open standards-based and emerging technologies such as cloud commuting, Web2.0 technologies, service-oriented architecture (SOA), analytics and computing designs with energy and environmental benefits.

With the center, there is now a network of over 40 IBM Innovation Centers worldwide.(PND)

PGMA to open modern business center in Koronadal City

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato (PND) – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit this sprawling city tomorrow to inaugurate the multi-million modern business center inside the compound of Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA).

The two-storey P10-million commercial building is SPDA’s initial investment in transforming the sprawling compound into a prime business complex.

SPDA Chairman Saeed Daof said the project is one of the priorities of the agency which has shifted its focus from community development to corporate ventures.

The SPDA property is host to several government offices and lodging facilities. It is located about a kilometer away from the main commercial district of Koronadal, just beside the South Cotabato Productivity and Technology Center, or ProTech, and next to the provincial capitol building, provincial hospital, and several private and other government offices and schools.

After the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the President is scheduled to ground break the proposed 18-room apartelle building within the compound and distribute certificates of lot entitlement/ownership award to 150 indigent beneficiaries.

SPDA was created in 1975 as an agency attached to the office of the President during the administration of former president Ferdinand Marcos.

In 2002, the President deactivated SPDA and then reactivated it four years later by virtue of Executive Order 560 and placed it under the oversight of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. SPDA was primarily created and tasked to help foster and accelerate socio-economic development in Mindanao.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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