IT-BPO Business Park in Zamboanga City? Possible! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 October 2012 10:23

Though it was hectic and stressful, the 2012 ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Zamboanga Roadshow from September 26 to 28 at Grand Astoria Hotel, it was all worth it! The almost 500 participants better understood the economic prosperity, business growth and new career opportunities for people that the IT-BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) industry can bring to our city.

Academe appreciated how they may improve in their curriculum while people learned what are the careers that could be available.  And local business people saw investment opportunities in this field.

DOST (Department of Science and Technology) ICT Executive Director Alejandro Melchor and the roadshow speakers congratulated ICT Zamboanga Chair Louell Saavedra and RITECC (Regional Information Technology Committee) -9 Chair Maureen Bello for hosting an organized and successful event.

Compared to other cities they been, Melchor said Zamboanga City was one of the best in terms of organization and presentation. In addition, all roadshow speakers were amazed at how Saavedra and Bello pulled this high number of attendance from the public to private government agencies, academic institutions, and individuals.

On the first day participants learned from speakers as to how and where they may start, while being inspired through testimonies from those who have succeeded in this field. In the following two days, they separately attended sessions which provided best practices on such topics as animation, game development, blogging, and social media networking. Nicholas Luff, a business consultant from Canada, led a special Kapihan forum with key leaders from the community, as well as a full-day session on strategy and partnership.

With the participants as witnesses, the roadshow organizers and hosts were glad to know that the present administration, under Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat and Congressional District Representatives Beng Salazar and Erbie Fabian, is willing to support the on-going development of next steps. DOST announced that there is a big slice from the national budget for this industry. In Tacloban City, I learned that its local government has an annual budget allocation of 10million for BPO development. How about in Zamboanga City?

Saavedra is inviting anyone who is interested in IT-BPO to join ICT Zamboanga Council and learn more how to be part of this sunshine industry. Contact him at 990-1009 how.

By Dante Corteza