By: Jerome Auza
When I first came back to Bohol in 2005 after an exciting career in the semiconductor industry in Cavite, one of the things I had in mind was the concept of a “digital Bohol” where information about the places, events, business entities, tourist and historical sites, etc are put together in an easy to use portal. Products and services of businesses in Bohol would be available for purchase online. Supplier-buyer matching can be done on the same portal also.
It was an idea though, that was too advanced at that time.
In 2013, I started to conceptualize a mobile app called Bohol.Info which built on the idea of digital Bohol and bringing the information on mobile devices. We managed to complete a prototype of the app in 2014 and even put it for download on the iOS and Android devices. It was soft launched during the Sandugo Trade Fair in 2014.
Again, it was an idea that was not yet ready at that time.
So it was a happy moment for me when during one of the meetings I attended as a board of trustee of the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Vice Chairperson of the Bohol ICT council, the idea of a digital Bohol was brought up. I had a big smile on my face and told myself, “Maybe the old ideas are now ready for prime time.”
Watch out for more updates about Digital Bohol in the coming weeks as the idea will be discussed with the various stakeholders in ICT, tourism and business sector as well as the academe and government agencies. Auza.Net will play a big role in this idea.