BPAP and DOST Pushing More Cities in Support for Philippine BPO Industry

The DOST’s (Department of Science and Technology) Information and Communications Technology together with BPAP (Business Process Association of the Philippines) is looking forward to a goal of adding more cities outside Metro Manila to become viable outsourcing destinations in the country. In fact, three cities have moved up in the rankings of Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations which was released last week.

The 3 cities that are notable for developed and good outsourcing environment are Davao City, Bacolod and Santa Rosa, Laguna, from their 2013 rankings (70 and 94 respectively; 69 and 93 respectively; and 84 and 82 respectively).

The joint program of DOST and iBAP’s “Next Wave Cities” is intended to drive efforts in bringing inclusive growth to the countryside in support to progressive development of BPO industry in the Philippines.

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A statement from undersecretary Louis Casambre of the ICT-DOST said, “The goal of the Next Wave Cities Program of the DOST-ICT Office and the IT – Business Process Association of the Philippines (iBPAP) has always been to develop globally preferred outsourcing destinations outside Metro Manila.”

Moreover, in the recent release from Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations, a total of 7 Philippine cities have made it to the top 100. The other cities are Cebu ranking 8th, Baguio ranking 99th and Metro Manila on the second spot overtaking Mumbai, India in the world ranking. Metro Manila and Cebu city are the two cities which made it to the top 10.

Next Wave Cities Program also have road shows that’s been running for 3 years, empowering other cities into starting to develop and getting them ready on becoming IT-BPM locations. In addition, it makes more people understand and learn about available careers in the industry.

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