DICT partners with BCDA, JHMC for North Luzon Data Center

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Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John E. Uy, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua M. Bingcang, and John Hay Management Corp. President and CEO Allan R. Garcia sign an agreement on the establishment of the North Luzon Data Center. DICT Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Management and Development Edwin S. Ligot, DICT Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Renato A. Paraiso, BCDA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Atty. Gisela Z. Kalalo, JHMC Chairman PMGen Rufino G. Ibay, Jr. (Ret), and JHMC Vice President and COO Jane Theresa G. Tabalingcos serve as witnesses. BCDA photo

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has forged a partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) for the establishment of the North Luzon Data Center.

The agreement was signed on Monday, September 18, 2023 by Information and Communications Technology Secretary Ivan John E. Uy, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua M. Bingcang, and JHMC President and CEO Allan R. Garcia.

The DICT will lead the development of the North Luzon Data Center, which will be an integral part of the Department’s National Government Data Center Project.

“The collaboration between DICT and BCDA to establish the North Luzon Data Center is a quantum leap towards a digitally-empowered Philippines. This cutting-edge facility is a symbol of our unwavering commitment to innovative, efficient, and exceptional public service. With this data center, we shall drive digital transformation in the region and the country, ensuring that every Filipino can seize the opportunities of the digital economy,” said Secretary Uy.

The planned North Luzon Data Center will mainly cater to government entities situated in the area of the country, promoting the utilization of e-governance systems and facilitating public transactions. A portion of the data center shall also be allocated for BCDA and JHMC’s use.

“As the country’s digital economy and the demand for cloud-based services continue to grow exponentially, the Philippines needs to strengthen its digital infrastructure and build up its data center capacity. Being stewards of national development, the BCDA is ready to support the DICT in this endeavor, and we are willing to extend our efforts so that all Filipinos have access to fast and reliable digital services,” said PCEO Bingcang.

PCEO Garcia added: “Celebrating this groundbreaking and unprecedented partnership, DICT, BCDA, and JHMC unite to usher in a state-of-the-art government data center. Together, we aspire to elevate our digital infrastructure, empower efficient public services, and ignite a new era of technological progress, all for the benefit of every Filipino.”

The DICT has been aggressively pushing for e-governance initiatives, in compliance with the marching order of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to facilitate the full digitalization of the country’s bureaucracy.

Through forging partnerships with various government agencies and local government units, the Department promotes the efficient delivery of public services and the interoperability of government systems and applications.

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