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New Hub for Online Freelancers in Iligan Launched

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SITIO Iligan launching with founder and NICP Vice President Atty. Sigue, city officials, freelancers, and members of the academe and private sectors.

A new hub for Iligan freelancers was launched last week, Wednesday, June 27 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall of the Legislative Bldg., Iligan City Hall.

The Social Innovation thru Impact Outsourcing or SITIO, a social enterprise project developed by National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) Vice President Atty. Jocelle Batapa- Sigue, was implemented and launched for the first time in Iligan City. It is a combination of two different concepts: Social Innovation and Impact Sourcing. It is a program that aims to provide sustainable online freelancing jobs to poverty-stricken, armed conflict-ridden areas where job and economic opportunities are limited.

The SITIO project involves forming a trained management and a human resource team, collaborating and partnering with different industries and the academe, a support from the government, developing online platforms, as well as an infrastructure for administration and operations. Moreover, the infrastructure should also provide the necessary facilities and equipment, including decent internet connectivity for the freelancers to be able to deliver their online work, especially those who do not yet have their own personal workstations.

One of the long-term goals of the program is to include Iligan in the map of the top places that provide quality professional online services and outsourcing to local and foreign clients. That is, clients and companies who look for online professional services and outsourcing can easily find reliable online professionals in Iligan through SITIO.

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Atty. Sigue discusses the concept of SITIO to the freelancers during the launching of the project.

The launching of the SITIO Iligan project is an initiative of the Committee on Cooperative Development chaired by Iligan City Councilor Jesse Ray “Jake” Balanay in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology. According to Atty. Sigue, a number of SITIOs in different cities and municipalities may be formed in a few years’ time. However, she noted, Iligan will remain on the map of history as the first SITIO to be ever launched.

Atty. Sigue is the co-founder and past president of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP). She is also the founder of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) in 2008 when she served as a city councilor for nine years.

More photos here at the Iligan City Council Facebook page.

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