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QUIRINO POISED TO BECOME ‘TECH HUB,’ SAYS CUA

Quirino will soon become a “tech hub province,” said Quirino Governor Dax Cua.

“We are deep in preparations to position Quirino as a tech hub province. Sa hinaharap, hindi na itatanong ng mga taga-labas na ‘may signal ba doon’? Hindi lang cellphone signal ang magiging malakas, kundi pati WiFi (connection), at iba’t ibang tech services. We plan to be in the forefront of the digital revolution in the country,” Cua said.

Cua, who is also President of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and Chairman of the League of Provinces, also said he plans to introduce other regions that wish to expand their tech capability to Amazon and to other firms.

Cua recently met with experts from Amazon Web Services to explore collaborations that would help Quirino maximize economic opportunities provided by digital technology.

The governor said that collaborations with the private sector, particularly with tech firms, would ensure that the province will be able to capitalize on its technology investments.

The province has heavily invested in setting up its internet infrastructure.

Cua said that his administration hopes to complete the construction of 400 wifi towers in 3 years.

“Nariyan na ang infrastructure, kaya minabuti nating makipagpulong sa Amazon para malinang ang skills ng mga Kailyan natin sa lalawigan.”

“We hope to provide training, courses, and capacity-building for our Kailyans to raise their digital skill sets such as coding and programming. These skills will open doors for them so they could earn more income,” said Cua.

“We have other meetings lined up to help us identify what else the province needs to make it a conducive area for tech companies.”

The governor said he plans on meeting with more representatives from the private sector for other possible partnerships.

“We have other meetings lined up to help us identify what else the province needs to make it a conducive area for tech companies. We will try to address whatever gaps we find to attract more investments in the province, and to convince them to set up shop here,” he said.

Cua, who is also President of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and Chairman of the League of Provinces, also said he plans to introduce other regions that wish to expand their tech capability to Amazon and to other firms.

“Siyempre, maganda rin na mas maraming probinsya pa ang mag-improve ang tech infrastructure at capability. So definitely we hope there will be  linkages with other provinces  para sama-sama tayong umangat,” he said.

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