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Goverment Making The Most of Technology

The Philippine Government has been highly involved in using information technology as a tool for socio economic growth. Recently, in the Mindanao LGU ICT Forum for Innovation and Connectivity through Technology, Philgeps, the Philippines Government Electronic Procurement System, was re-introduced to the local government unit representatives in Region X and I was elated to find out that the Philgeps framework and initiative is actually being studied as a pilot program by other South East Asian Countries. Introduced also during the forum was the topic of “Streamlining A More Responsive BPLS To Businesses” which tackled the measures done by cities who successfully implemented the business permit registration system.
Listening to Keynote Speaker, Dir. Anna LIza Bonagua
Bureau of Local Government Developement
The ICT Forum, organized by ULAP (Union of Local Authorities in the Philippines), “aims to promote the importance and relevance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in attaining a business-friendly and competitive environment. ICT  in LGUs could bring innovation, enhance living standards, promote growth and shared prosperity”
(from left to right): Jonathan Arvin Adolfo (CDO ICT), Stephanie Caragos (CDO ICT), Carolyn Echavez (DOST-ICTO), Lucita dela Peña (DILG), Councilor Jhonny Paul Lagura (Kapatagan), Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (BNEFIT), and Arrish Altavano (NICP)
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Innovation and Connectivity Through Technology forum as the President of the ICT Council for Cagayan de Oro and Syntactics as a sponsor for the event. Syntactics is providing website packages ready for LGUs and government agencies as well as providing customized software applications for government agencies in the Philippines. Syntactics is also a Philgeps certified company in the Philippines and has been fortunate to serve several government agencies and LGUs with our information technology services. Our company launched our LGU website package at this event by setting up a booth and by providing free consultation for LGUs who are looking for website providers for government offices.
Syntactics Philgeps Certified Philippine Software and web company
Syntactics table and booth at the event


We as an ICT/IT service provider in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, believe that with ICT, Innovation, Competitiveness and Transparency will surely be strengthened in the government agencies and I am happy that the DOST ICTO and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are really pushing and supporting this by providing countless services such as hosting for government websites, training and conferences such as this event.
stephanie caragos president CDO ICT Council syntactics philippine website developer
Giving the closing remarks.

About The Author


Stephanie Caragos is the President & CEO of the 19 year running IT Company, Syntactics, Inc. and is the founder of, a program and initiative that envisions in helping young Filipinos hone their skills in IT and increase their chances of getting stable and profitable jobs. She is also the founder of Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation Networking and Knowledge) for women to encourage and empower more women in IT and to encourage the younger generation of women take up STEM. She is a speaker and mentor in various Startup, Online Marketing, Web, ICT and ICT businesses related seminars and talks and works tirelessly in finding innovative ways of marketing online for clients. She is also a staunch supporter of Filipino Small and Medium Enterprises as she continues to develop products and services that would benefit SMEs as well as help them increase their success rate in using technology in business. Stephanie is currently the president of the CDO ICT Business Council and works with the members and stakeholders in the city in promoting ICT to support more startups and create more jobs in the city. She also currently serves as a director for the Eisenhower Fellowship Association of the Philippines. She has completed her Eisenhower Fellowship and was awarded as the Douglas Dillon Named Fellow for the year 2016 and recently completed her term as National President for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines last 2017.

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