ZC an emerging city in IT-BPM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 April 2016 13:56

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Zamboanga City has been declared as one of the emerging cities in the Philippines for information technology operations Wednesday, March 30.

The city, along with nine other cities, was conferred the recognition of top Emerging Locations for Business Process Management (IT-BPM) operations in 2015 by the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) and the Information Technology Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) during the awarding ceremonies of the 2015 Top Next Wave Cities and Center of Excellence for IT –BPM Operations at Makati City.

According to the ICTO, emerging locations are defined as areas which show “high potential” and foundation to attract and host IT-BPM clients and are considered as “the next top 10 Next Wave Cities”.

Receiving the award on behalf of local government and Mayor Beng Climaco was Alan Aizon, head of the Computer Services Division, accompanied by Maria Teresa M. Camba, OIC Director of the Field Operations Office Mindanao Cluster I of ICTO, and Michael Lim, President of the ICT Council of Zamboanga.

Aside from Zamboanga City, the cities of Balanga, Batangas, Iriga, Laoag, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tarlac, and Tuguegarao were also identified as emerging cities.

Next Wave Cities, created in 2009, is a Philippine-specific term that identifies ICT hubs beyond established IT-BPM hubs such as Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Clark, and Bacolod City based on criteria such as worker supply, telecom infrastructure and other factors necessary to sustain a local BPO industry.

2015, the top 10 Next Wave Cities identified were Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro City, Dagupan City, Dasmariñas City, Dumaguete City, Lupa City, Malolos City, Naga City, Sta. Rosa City, and Taytay, Rizal. — Jasmine Mohammadsali)