August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Bohol eyes BPO
center in 2011

WE have built a digital communication infrastructure that could boost local jobs, but will investors take the bait?

Taking the cue from the country’s overtaking India as the business process outsourcing (BPO) capital of the world, Bohol officials eye offering Bohol to investors as a future BPO center in 2011, reveals Governor Edgar Chatto during his weekly radio program.  

Recently completing a fiber optic link that connects Bohol to a major information communications hub, local efforts have also succeeded in opening up slots to accommodate at least 10,500 seats for call center and BPO agents, Chatto said.

Recent records tell that Bohol has only a single call center operating in Tagbilaran despite an infrastructure that could accommodate practically a thousand times more, a graduate from a computer learning center shared. 

With at least five Bohol schools offering ICT and call center operations courses, even the manpower support has proven to be a formidable force for now, he added.

A year after putting up the infrastructure support for the miracle industry that has netted billions  of revenues for the government, government leaders here are taking a serious look at the prospects of a bullish BPO here.

The newly organized Bohol Information Communication Technology Council (BICT) supervised by the Department of trade and Industry and the Provincial Government has been in a series of meetings to usher in the golden age of ICT in Bohol, the latest of which was this week, Capitol sources said.

Governor Edgar Chatto, at the recent Kita ug ang Gobernador Friday was ecstatic about the present Bohol capability to accommodate seats for call center and outsourcing industries.

Now with the digital infrastructure and manpower support, Bohol is in a threshold of opening the gates for investors to bring in job opportunities for communication technology workers here and nearby provinces.

More on this, the governor said he is inviting the Commission on Information Communication Technology (CICT) through Commissioner Monchitio Ibrahim to meet with the local council and leaders to iron out the details of the plan.

The moment ICT starts in Bohol, there would be more to come as the government could build more and more infrastructure to enhance the industry, Chatto said. (racPIABohol)

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