Sep 16 2012

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Tagbilaran City is 3rd stop for ICT roadshow

The Department of Science and Technology Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) carried a breakthrough in Bohol’s pursuit to opening up the IT-BPO industry as the province hosted the agency’s 3rd stop in their nationwide ICT roadshow.

The information technology business-process outsourcing (IT-BPO) road show is a ten-city tour of upcoming “Next Wave Cities” or new destinations for BPO companies looking to expand their operations outside Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Clark.

Sponsored by DOST-ICTO in cooperation with the Provincial Government and the Bohol ICT Council, “ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities: Harnessing ICT for a Smarter Countryside” brought forth key industry players who presented government and private sector perspectives on the prospects of BPO in entrepreneurship, career development and enhancement, and the provision of job opportunities as well as its micro-level benefits.

Gov. Edgar M. Chatto appreciated the support of DOST-ICTO for local initiatives in the pursuit of the province to carve its own niche in the premiere sunrise industry.

Chatto has been keen on having Bohol open its doors to the fast-growing industry, after earlier on his term identifying the industry as its 3rd pillar for economic growth and development, complementing thrusts in tourism and agro-industry.

The Bohol ICT Council ably led by Chairperson Leah Tirol-Magno has been actively working on meeting industry requirements in talent, infrastructure, cost, and business environment.
Tagbilaran local government represented by Vice Mayor Jas Tirol-Montes also expressed its openness to the industry as she announced the city as being the first in the country to implement e-governance in its operations in taxation and plans to expand it in business registration among others.

DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim made no qualms of Bohol’s prospects in efforts to increase market share in the industry and the spread of this growth to other parts of the country.

He said the ICT roadshow is one of many government interventions to help cities such as Tagbilaran in Bohol to be part of the next wave in the rising industry.

The IT-BPO industry has grown at an annual rate of 20% with 2011 revenues summing up to $11B and employing 650,000 individuals. Its target for 2016 is $20-$25B with employment doubled to 1.3M.

The roadshow was participated in by 500 participants form the academe, local government units (LGUs), the private and public sector, and students.

They were presented with inputs on the ICT industry from the government and private sector as well as testimonials from entrepreneurs, career practitioners from the top outsourcing companies in the country, and even from indirect beneficiaries such as a parent.

Industry panel discussions were also held on some of the successful fields in business process outsourcing such as animation, game development, health care information management, and the software industry.

The ICTO-DOST is the Philippine government’s lead agency on ICT-related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for All and Cybersecurity.

Permanent link to this article: http://edcom.bohol.gov.ph/tagbilaran-city-is-3rd-stop-for-ict-roadshow/

1 comment

  1. heather

    Good thing that Chatto is keen on embracing new industries so many places suffer because they do not!

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