- Silicon Gulf
Davao Region is one of the regions of the
Philippines, located on the southeastern portion of Mindanao. Davao Region consists of four provinces, namely: Compostela Valley, Davao, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. The region encloses the Davao Gulfand its regional center is Davao City.
Silicon Gulf is part of the
Philippine Cyber Corridor.
The Silicon Gulf Initiative was officially announced by
Jason Banicoin October 6, 2006, during the ICT Davao, Inc. launch at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. The initiative emphasized radical collaboration between government, academiaand industryin harnessing technical talent and information-oriented manpower as the key driving force in transforming the city from an agricultural / industrial economyto a knowledge-based one.
Its primary objective is to build Davao City's ICT capacity through developing talent in the areas of "technopreneurship", IT project management, and core technical skills.
ilicon Gulf Cyberparks
Damosa IT Park
The ICT park zone being developed by
Damosa Land Incorporatedis composed of 22,983 square meters (about 300,000 sq ft) of land located along J.P. Laurel Avenue which would accommodate two information technology buildings; data building; commercial and a utility building that would have an unlimited power supply.
The primary stage of development involves the establishment of the ICT building covering some 1,326 square meters (about 15,500 sq ft) of land along J.P. Laurel Avenue. Ricardo Floirendo, Damosa Land Inc. senior vice-president, said the call center company Link2Support, which also operates in Cagayan de Oro City and Manila, has committed to operate in the building in November. He said the company would put a 200-seater center that would boost the outsourcing business here.
Based on their plans, the IT building would be installed with high-speed fiber-optic telecommunication backbone and high-speed international gateway facility or wide-area network. Floirendo said they would initially be investing P20-million for the first phase of the ICT zone.
Given its potentials to become a “center of excellence” in Information Communications and Technology (ICT), Davao City is declared as an IT HUB area in the Philippines by the
National Telecommunications Officeper memorandum # 05-05-200.
As a modern metropolis bustling with life, verve and color, situated in a typhoon-free zone with a land area of 2,440 km² touted as one of the world’s largest, recent study made by the Asian Institute of Management through a project called “Philippine Cities Competitiveness Program” revealed that the City is the Most Competitive City in the Philippines (Urban Category) with the lowest cost of Doing Business.
Moreover, using a scorecard developed by the
Commission on Information and Communications Technology(CICT), Davao City ranks high as an attractive ICT investment location in the country.
In the area of Workforce Potential, the
Commission on Higher Education(CHED) XI reported that as of January 2005 out of 76 colleges and universities in the region, Davao City has a total of 42, three (3) of which belonging to the Top 20 in the country namely: Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Immaculate Conceptionand University of Mindanao.
About 14 colleges and universities in the region were also granted the PAASCU, PACUCOA, and AACUP accreditations, hence, assuring that quality graduates are produced each year in many higher education.
Moreover, a total of 15,731 graduates were recorded for the schoolyear 2004-2005 with the following top courses: Education (with 2,715 graduates), Commerce, (with 2,707 graduates) and Nursing (with 2,241 graduates).
In the area of telecommunications infrastructure, Davao City has an available high-speed Digital Subscribers Lines (DSL) that can support 24x7 operations. The presence of major telecommunications companies i.e.,
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, BayanTel, Globe, Digitel, Meridian Telekoms, Inc. and PT&T can provide such services from fiber-optic links, wireless broadband, to simple and triple redundancy.
In the area of real estate, Davao City has huge open spaces that can be developed into an IT Park or IT Building. There are five (5) major hotels and more than 10 business inns.
In the area of vendor support, large vendors in Manila and Cebu are now in Davao City to cater the requirements of local companies in terms of hardware and software namely: GlobalChips Technologies, Co; Trinet Multimedia Systems Corporation; Micro-D International, etc.
In the area of power infrastructure, Davao City has the most stable power supply and one the cheapest rates in the country. Its power utility company, the
Davao Light and Power Companyhas a backup power supply of 44 MW at its Bajada Power Plant. In the last 5 years, there was no recorded incidence of massive power shortage and blackouts.
In the area of transportation, a total of 189,621 motor vehicles in the region were registered in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) XI in 2005 distributed as follows: motorcycles & tricycles - 109,142; Utility vehicles - 44,118; Taxi/Cars - 18,983; Trucks – 11,310; Sports Utility Vehicles – 4,045; Trailers – 1,265 and Buses – 758. Davao City and nearby provinces have more than 2,000 aircon/non-aircon taxi units equipped with 2-way radio system running 24 hours a day.
In terms of local incentives, Davao City is the first local government unit in Mindanao to provide incentives to investors in the city.
For Quality of Life, Davao City was adjudged as the most liveable city in the Philippines and included in the Top 20 in Asia.
Associations / Organizations
* Association of Computer Businesses in Mindanao (ACBM)
* Association of Solution Integrators in Davao, Inc (ASID)
* Business Process Outsourcing Davao (BPO-Davao)
* Council of Deans in I.T. Education (CDITE-Region XI)
* Davao Inventors Association
* Davao IT Organization (DITO)
* Davao Technical Expert for Computer Hardware & Software Support, Inc (TechSupport)
* ICT Real Estate Association of Davao (ICTREAD)
* Internet Cafe Association of Davao, Inc. (ICAD)
* MIS-Corporate Davao
* Philippine Society of I.T Educators (PSITE-Region XI)
Universities and Colleges
Holy Cross of Davao College
San Pedro College
Davao Doctors College
AMA Computer University
Ateneo de Davao University
University of Mindanao
University of Immaculate Conception
University of the Philippines, Mindanao
University of Southeastern Philippines
IT-Enabled Services and Training
* Callbox Inc [http://callboxinc.com]
* Davao First Transcription Center Corporatin (DFTCC) [http://Thequaliserv.com]
* G-Com Ltd.
* JIB E-Academy
* MTC Academy
* Nakayama Technology Corporation [http://www.nkym.com.ph]
* Outsource IT to Philippines [http://www.outsourceit2philippines.com]
Application Development and Web Design
* Automata Interactive
* Blinque Tech
* Cerveo Computer Systems
* Hubport Interactive [http://www.hubportinteractive.com]
* KAI, Inc.
* KwikRelease Studios
* Lane Systems
* Mynd Tech Management Services [http://www.myndconsulting.com]
* PhilAmerican Global Solutions, Inc.
IT Parks and Incubators
* 3G/Brokenshire Davao IT Incubation Center
* Damosa IT Park
* NCCC ICT Pavilion
Technology centers internationally
Silicon Valley, USA
Bangalore, India(The Silicon Valley of India)
Campinas, São Paulo, São José dos Campos, São Carlos(The Silicon Valley of Brazil).
Canada's Technology Triangle- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Casablanca Technopark, Casablanca, Morocco
Chausseestrasse, Berlin, Germany(was called the "Silicon Valley" of Germany in 2000)
Dresden, Germany(The Silicon Valley of Germany)
Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE
Dublin, Ireland(The Silicon Valley of Europe, due to its high number of technological EMEA centres)
Australia(Digital Harbour at Docklands)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico(The Silicon Valley of Mexico)
High Tech Campus Eindhoven- Eindhoven, Netherlands
HITEC City, Hyderabad, India
Hsinchu Science Park- Hsinchu, Taiwan
The Knowledge Corridor- between Puneand Bombay, Maharashtra, India
M4 corridor- between Londonand Reading, United Kingdom
Multimedia Super Corridor- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Parc Tecnològic del Vallès- Barcelona, Spain
Porto Digital- Recife, Brazil
Pune, India(The Silicon Plateau of India)
Silicon Fen- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Silicon Valley North- National Capital Region around Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Silicon Wadi, the High Tech Region from the Israeli city of Ashkelon, to Haifa.
Smart Village, Cairo, Egypt
Technopark, Kerala- Kerala, India
Sophia Antipolis- between Niceand Cannes, France
ViaSphere Technopark- Yerevan, Armenia
Wireless Valley- Stockholm, Sweden
Zelenograd(The Silicon Valley of Russia)
Zhangjiang High Tech Park, Shanghai, China
Zhong Guan Cun- Beijing, China
Z.I.R.S.T. of Meylan- close to Grenoble, France
* [http://www.silicongulf.net Silicon Gulf official website]
* [http://www.silicongulf.net/silicon1.html List of places with "Silicon" names]
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