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Monday, August 12, 2013

Rey Anthony Chiu

BOHOL, Aug 12 (PIA) -–Bohol’s readiness to host information communication technology prospecting company is now at 6.5-7 in a scale of 10. 

This too, as Bohol Provincial Government adds, Information Technology among its identified economic drivers Health, Education, Agriculture and Tourism. 

In 2012, IT-Business Process Outsourcing in the Philippines generated more than $13 billion in revenues, an increase of $2 billion from the $11 billion in 2011. 

Wanting to get a share of these revenues for Bohol, local leaders have pried Bohol for its hosting of a potential hub for BPO in the Visayas, putting up measures to increase Bohol’s attractiveness to such industry. 

The more than average assessment is just a few of the results of the effort. 

Recently, National ICT Council and the Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP) used a set of scorecards to rate Bohol’s readiness to accept locators compared to other areas in the country aspiring to host BPO locators, according to Bohol ICT Council chairman Leah Tirol-Magno, speaking at Kapihan sa PIA. 

Bohol Investment Promotion Center (BIPC) chief Maria Fe Dominese also confirmed the readiness rating stating that Bohol graduates 5,000 talents and skills annually and has the needed business infrastructure in buildings and communications companies with fiber optic connections to major ICT hubs.

The smooth-talking Dominese added that Bohol’s Investment Code has made it possible to set up a good enabling business environment which has also contributed to cutting to reasonable costs, doing business here. 

Both leading investment promotions champions for Bohol, Magno and Dominese has also cited Tagbilaran City’s attaining a major milestone in BPO when the Department of Science and Technology accorded to it the honor of being among the emerging next wave cities in the country. 

BIPC also shared that, in a present status and capabilities presentation, a telecommunication company she did not name, said they could immediately provide for a 10,000 seat BPO center.

A 10,000 seat call center also means 10,000 Boholanos directly employed. 

Who can be hired? Magno said BPO uses a huge base of professions and a high proficiency in English language is a huge edge. Even a two year college course can land one to a spot, Magno pointed out. 

Citing national statistics, she said about 11 for every 100 Boholano talents could easily slip into these job seats, also a high rating compared to the national average of only 7 jobs in every 100 seekers. 

Moreover, the petite IC technogeek added, every ICT worker hired would create an additional 2.5 to 3.5 workers and the call center agent would have a monthly average of P3,000 to splurge to other products and services over his usual spending for his needs. 

To showcase Bohol’s readiness to host BPO, the ICT national summit will be held here in November, Magno shared.

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