SINGAPORE, 29 JUNE 2009 - From today, the Philippines government is holding a business process outsourcing (BPO) traveling roadshow entitled Convergence 2009' over the next few months, across 10 prospective next wave cities' outside Manila, to promote outsourcing.
The government says the roadshow, being coordinated by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), started today in Quezon City. IT is exploring human resource and technology infrastructure issues related to developing BPO centers', plus the adoption of information and communications technology on a local level.
CICT chairman Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said the less developed cities of the Philippines are being transformed into outsourcing hubs and the roadshow would include a range of recruiting, investment and technology development seminars. It would involve industry and government leaders plus international and local private sector investors and tech companies.
He said the government was now focused on developing next wave cities' locations outside Manila that have the potential to become BPO hubs.
Topping the list of next wave cities' are Metro Laguna (Jul 10-11) and Metro Cavite (Jul 24-25), followed by Iloilo (Nov 27-28), Davao (Aug 7-8), Bacolod (Sep 11-12), Angeles-Clark-Mabalacat Pampanga Central (Nov 6-7), Baliuag-Marilao-Meycauayan Bulacan Central (Sep 25-26), Cagayan de Oro (Nov 13-14), Malolos-Calumpit Bulacan South (Sep 25-26), Lipa (Aug 14-15) and Mega Cebu (Aug 28-29).
Roxas-Chua said that Convergence 2009 would cover four strategic areas: Cyberservices, Human Capital Development, eGovernment Development, and ICT Infrastructure.
This presents significant investment and business opportunities for local and international technology companies alike, said Roxas-Chua, who joined the Philippine government in October 2007.
The Philippines is today among the top outsourcing destinations along with India and China. The BPO sector has grown from a small industry employing 6,000 workers in 2001, to a high priority sector that employs 400,000 today. BPO is expected to become a US$10 billion industry in the Philippines by 2010, and is expected to employ up to one million people by then.
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