Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Second Mindanao Internet Cafe Summit Hopes to Define Online Child Safety in Internet Cafes

Officials of the different internet café associations and internet cafe operators in Mindanao will converge for the 2010 Mindanao Internet Café Association Summit (MICAS), scheduled on February 18 and 19, 2010 at SM City Davao in Davao City.

Organized by the Internet Café Association of Davao (ICAD) and I-Café Pilipinas, the event will carry the theme, “Bringing the Benefits of Information Communication Technology to the People of Mindanao through the Internet Cafes”

According to Mr. Adolfo Solanor, president of ICAD, the Second MICAS would definitely be bigger, better and bolder this year. It is bigger, in terms of participants, as the event brings together the different internet café associations and other stakeholders in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in Mindanao.

The event will be better because this year, MICAS 2010 offers are two simultaneous events. First is an ICT Trade Exhibit that will showcase the latest advances in computer hardware, software and internet related services. The other is the workshop of the officials of the internet café associations and operators to come up with an action plan that would further the development of the internet cafes industry in Mindanao. It is bolder as the participants set their goals to they claim their leadership in ICT access at the community level.

Since majority of the customers of internet cafes are children, the Second Mindanao Internet Cafe Associations Summit hopes to be the venue for the adoption of the “Davao Declaration” which will define the initiatives of the different internet cafe associations in the promotion of Online Child Safety in internet cafes. It hopes to become a forum in which discussions could be initiated that could lead to an increase in awareness of the great responsibility of internet cafe operators as ICT access centers at the community level in ensuring the online safety of their customers.

“We truly believe that the 2010 MICAS will serve as a vehicle in the further development of the internet cafes as a leader in community ICT access for peace and development in Mindanao” stressed by Mr. Ed Zafra, Chair of I-Café Pilipinas, a national organization mainly composed of the internet café associations and operators in the Philippines.

The Second Mindanao Internet Cafe Associations Summit is supported by Intel Technology Philippines, in partnership with Microsoft Philippines, Inc., and Genuine Equity for Mindanao (GEM) Project, Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT), and Department of Trade and Industries (DTI). The event is sponsored by ICT Davao Inc., and iGlobe Technology.

For more information about the event, contact the Internet Café Association of Davao at (6382) 297-7594, fax (6382) 297-7593, email or visit the event blog site at

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for this blog post. The 2nd MICAS was a big success and your support made it possible.