MANILA, Nov. 25 — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham), organizer of the annual International ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Awards, has announced new categories for the 2015 edition of the awards ceremony on Tuesday.
CanCham is organizing the event in association with Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP).
ICT Awards, now on its ninth year, is organized by ChamCham to recognize the achievements and excellence in organizations and individuals based in the Philippines who have made valuable contributions to the industry and put the Philippines on the global map of Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) business.
CanCham president Julian Payne told reporters in a press conference that in this edition of the International ICT Awards, there will be six brand-new award categories to somehow broaden the composition of the ICT industry in the Philippines.
Payne also said that the new categories will further give emphasis on Filipino-owned companies as well as companies outside the National Capital Region (NCR).
New categories for this year include Best Emerging IT-BPM Company for Creatives, Best Emerging IT-BPM Company for Healthcare, Best Emerging IT-BPM Company for Finance and Accounting, Best Software Company of the Year, Best Philippine Mobile App of the Year, and Best IT-BPM CEO of the Year.
Making up the list of categories are Best Company of the Year, Best Employer of the Year, Best Filipino-owned Company of the Year, Best Company of the Year Outside NCR, Best Global In-house Center of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Best Voice Excellence Company of the Year, and Individual Contributor of the Year.
We have an interests in the growth and development of the Philippine economy and we believe that ICT is one of the core pillars of the growth. If we can support the growth and development of ICT in the Philippines, we will do our best in support the growth of Philippine economy, Payne noted.
IBPAP president Jomari Mercado, for his part, said that new categories were added to the awards to recognize different sectors.
He said that when the tilt started, it focused on call centers. New categories were added to accommodate how the industry has grown to cover additional sectors.
The CamCham president said that the event did not seek the endorsement of the government and is funded, managed and judged solely by the private sector.
However, he said that ChaCham will be inviting one government representativeparticularly from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)–to be part of the judging panel.
Meanwhile, PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.) Alpha and Globe Business will be two of the ICT Awards title sponsors.
Payne said that in practice, CanCham limits two title sponsors that have knowledge and involvement in ICT. This means that the title sponsors are not going to be nominees nor do they need to submit nominations themselves.
The ICT Awards will be held on March 24, 2015 at Marriott Hotel Manilas soon-to-be opened pillar-less ballroom in Newport City.
CanCham said that nominations for the awards are open to all eligible companies and individuals in the Philippines. Meanwhile, submission of nominations is on Jan. 31, 2015. (PNA)