Thursday, January 10, 2008

Getting Ready for E-Services Philippines 2008

I've been fortunate enough to take part during the early days of E-Services Philippines. It is amazing to see how this event has evolved and one of the most look forward to every year.

The 8th e-Services Philippines: Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition is the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) annual international exhibit and conference for the ICT industry. This will be held on February 11-12, 2008 at the SMX Convention Center, Roxas Boulevard Manila. Since its inception E-Services Philippines (ESP) attracted over 160 exhibitors and 2,000 conference attendees annually.

This year’s e-Services is a cooperation between DTI’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, THOLONS, and Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP). With the theme, "Outsourcing Centers of Excellence," ESP will feature outsourcing centers of excellence and emerging players and locations in the outsourcing industry.

Another highlight of the event is the E-Services Awards 2008. In a bid to inspire ICT creativity and innovation, create benchmarking opportunities for Philippine firms, and establish a marketing platform for ICT innovators and entrepreneurs, the DTI through its trade promotion arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will hold its annual e-Services Awards on February this year.

Since its inception in 2001, the winners of the Awards have earned international recognition and paved the way for companies to get into new markets. The project involves web-based systems using open-source technologies and the automation of their manual processes and incorporated into the system.

This year, the e-Services Awards 2008 boasts of new categories for 2008 include: Outstanding Client Application of the Year, Outstanding Consumer Application of the Year, Groundbreaking Technology of the Year, and Most Progressive Homegrown Company of the Year. The Awards are open for Philippine-based IT companies that have successfully marketed their products and services in the Philippines and other foreign countries and those who have established essential competencies and achievements in the field of IT-enabled services.

The awards will likewise recognize personalities whose ideas, talent, and commitment have contributed significantly to Philippine ICT development and/or whose passion have helped raise the bar of Philippine excellence in e-Services. Past recipients of this special citation were Senators Mar Roxas and Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Mosaic Communications President William Torres, and former Business Processing Association chair Bong Borja.

For information on the e-Services Awards 2008, contact e-Services Philippines Secretariat at 833-1277 or 831-2201 loc 254/255 or email

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