Tue, Sep 12, 2023

Tarlac City Unveils Path to Digital Excellence

Following the City Government of Tarlac’s initiative to expedite digital transformation and in securing a position among the 25 digital cities in 2025, Dr. Marlon V. Gamido of the College of Computer Studies has facilitated the SWOT and Gap Analysis sessions during a two-day workshop in Bagac, Bataan on September 12 and 13, 2023.
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The Tarlac City SWOT, Gap Analysis, and Implementation Plan Workshop helped open constructive dialogue, collaboration, and strategic planning which are expected to contribute to Tarlac City's digital transformation roadmap, positioning it as a frontrunner in the landscape of the Philippines. 

Mr. Edwin G. Mendoza, provincial head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Tarlac Provincial Office, emphasizedthe workshop’s significance in Tarlac City's journey towards becoming a Digital City which was resonated by Hon. Maria Cristina Cuello Angeles, Tarlac City mayor, who expressed her support underscoring the city's commitment to embracing technology for progress. 

Moreover, the heart of the event was the Digital Cities Program Presentation by the ICT Industry Development Bureau of DICT Region 3 which shed light on the program's objectives and potential impact on Tarlac City's digital landscape. 

Following Dr. Gamido’s service to the City’s initiative, the critical exercises targeted strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the Digital Cities areas: talents, infrastructure, cost of doing business, and the business environment. Participants engaged in productive discussions and collaborative problem-solving, fostering a holistic understanding of Tarlac City's ecosystem. 

Representatives from Talent, Infrastructure and Cost, and Business Environment categories presented their findings from the SWOT and Gap Analysis sessions, laying the foundation for subsequent development of strategic and implementation plans that encompassed a range of initiatives, from digital skills development to infrastructure enhancement.

Guided by Dr. Gamido's expertise, participants focused on crafting the Implementation Plan through intensive brainstorming, group discussions, and formulating concrete action plans to propel Tarlac City into a digital hub, concluding the workshop. 

Dr. Marlon V. Gamido wrapped up the event by summarizing key takeaways and highlighting the importance of continued collaboration among all stakeholders to realize the city's digital vision. 

This completed extension activity of the College of Computer Studies contributes to Goals 4, 8, 9, 11, and 11 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). It encourages lifelong learning opportunities as a strong partnership between Tarlac City and TSU.