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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

It will be a big business leap (and about time) for Zamboanga City to grow internationally on September 26, 2012. The Regional Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Committee of the Regional Development Council (RITECC –9 ) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in cooperation with the Zamboanga ICT  (Information and Technology Technology) Council  will conduct the much-awaited  “2012 ZamPen ICT Conference & Trade Exhibit : An ICTO Roadshow”. 

This business event will open the gateway for the opening of the business process outsourcing (BPO) in Zamboanga City. Hailed as the Philippine’s sunniest industry, BPO brings dollars, improves social and economic development of a city where it is established.

BPO is one of the factors why Cebu City and Iloilo City are progressive cities. In Mindanao, the BPO in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City has been credited for the high paying jobs and different business opportunities for local and foreign investors as well. And the best news is yet to come; the BPO sector is poised to grow even bigger in the coming years.

“In 2011, BPO companies accounted for 40 percent of positions posted in a jobs listing website. The expansion of BPO operations led to the rise in the demand for office spaces. This year, the region saw property developers putting additional investments in the leasing business,” said Cebu Property Ventures Development Corp. (CPVDC) president Francis Monera.  (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2011/12/29>

Since 2001, there has been a dramatic surge in the development of IT-BPO industry in the country as seen in its exponential growth in revenues and in employment generation. However, while 75% of the tertiary education graduates in the country completed their courses in cities outside Metro Manila, 75% of the country’s IT-BPO industry is located in National Capital Region (NCR). Thus, there is a need to spread the benefits of economic growth across to other regions and cities while easing the inflationary pressures in NCR and in other high-density IT-BPO locations. Helping the IT-BPO industry move to graduate-rich but less IT-BPO–congested locations would result to a more balanced development across the country.

While there are many potential talent/employees for the IT-BPO industry in cities outside Metro Manila or in the Next Wave Cities, one of the challenges faced by the IT-BPO locators is the negative perception about the industry. The negative perception is due to the lack of proper understanding and knowledge as to the benefits and advantages the IT-BPO industry can offer to each employee working for it and to the earnings it contributes to the national coffers.

Along this line, the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) through the ICT Industry Development Group (IIDG), in partnership with its key stakeholders, the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) has selected Zamboanga City as the next BPO hub in Mindanao. It is easier for us to serve Spanish speaking and Arabic countries compare to other existing BPO cities.

With the theme, “Harnessing ICT for Smarter Countryside”, this Zamboanga ICT event will lead the way towards the development and understanding of knowledge, linking communication and technological gaps, building more sustainable projects, widening Zamboanga’s network, improving society in general, and of course envisioning Zamboanga City as part of the “Next Wave Cities” in the Philippines.

Our local businessmen, bankers, real estate developers, and local investors as well as school administrators, student leaders, guidance counselors, presidents of high school PTA (Parents Teachers Association), and local and national government offices are invited to join and find out themselves what is BPO.  Registration is free!

For reservation (limited slots), contact RITECC IX secretariat at 991-1024 (Thelma or Jill) or 993-2878 (Leony or Christine) or email at ritecc9secretariat@yahoo.com.



By Dante corteza

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 16:48