Bayambang aims to be country’s document capital
By Yolanda Sotelo
BAYAMBANG – This agricultural town in central Pangasinan aims to become the “Document Capital of the Philippines” where all important documents of the country would be housed and accessed through the internet.
Newly-elected Mayor Cesar Quiambao said the plan has been started with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Canon Philippines and the Pangasinan State University, under which Canon will provide a new additional module to the PSU’s college of information and communications technology.
The new module, called document management system, will be included in the PSU’s curriculum.
The town hosts PSU-Bayambang, one of the campuses of the PSU system which started as Bayambang Normal School established in 1922 during the American occupation.
The curriculum will prepare the students for the plan of Canon to establish a document archiving system center, Quiambao said.
He explained that Canon would be constructing a huge infrastructure called document warehouse which will house all important documents in the entire country or even outside the Philippines
“These documents are in hard copies, but these could be accessed 24 hours seven days a week through internet. So anyone who stores documents here can access it through internet. Soon we will have paperless operations of our business activities,” Quaimbao explained.
“The project is a concept of Canon, so once they have have built the facility, the first customers would be the all offices of Canon in Asia. Just to start (Canon) will be the first customer,” he added.
While Bayambang is an agricultural town, his vision for the town is more on technology and industries as “the group I have right not is not into agri-business, but more into technology and industries,” he said.
“I hope Canon will make it. I will provide the necessary support (and) resources to make it happen. Making the town a Silicon Valley could be a very big dream. A technology hub is more than enough,” he said.
Quiambao, the chair of Sttradcom Corp.which is the exclusive information technology provider of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), has as one of his campaign promises to bring investors to the agricultural town.
“I will try very hard because that was my promise – to have intensive trade and promotions, and you can see the network that I have, most of the people who came here are all businessmen, including local Chinese, the biggest manufacturer of packaging materials of all that you buy,” he told reporters after his inauguration last Friday.
There were Indian nationals who came to his inauguration whom he said were his partners in the land registration systems.
“They told me that I just have to tell them what I want themto do here. They did not sign anything but they are my closse associates and partners,” he said.
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