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BPO hub planned in Subic free port

Saturday, 14 April, 2012 Written by Julito G. Rada
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The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority plans to develop a technology center patterned after the Ayala Techno Hub in Quezon City which could generate 20,000 jobs in the first five years.

SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia said in a statement Friday the agency must take advantage of the growing proficiency of local workers in information and communication technology.

He said an area inside the free port would be converted into a business process outsourcing center.

“The SBMA is already developing what we call the Subic BPO City, which will be similar to the Ayala Techno Hub. We believe we can already provide BPO services here because we now have a workforce that’s well-trained in ICT,” he said.

The Ayala Land Techno Hub in Quezon City is a 20-hectare information technology center. It is listed as an IT Park by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, which provides incentives to investors in information and communication technology.

Garcia said the technical infrastructure for the Subic BPO City is complete, adding the SBMA would provide housing for the ICT professionals and call center agents who will work in the center.

Garcia said the idea of putting up a technopark in Subic started after the Philippines was ranked number one in business process outsourcing in the world.

“We have already surpassed India in the field of BPO, and because of this the future looks very bright for the Philippines,” Garcia said.

He said the country had over 700,000 seats for call center agent services and business process outsourcing.

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/April/14)

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