One thousand six hundred (1600) workers from the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry are set to be inoculated against COVID-19 through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and San Juan City’s ongoing vaccination drive for said industry on September 23 and 24, 2021 at the Theater Mall, Greenhills, San Juan City.

“Mula nang idulog sa atin ang sigalot na hinarap natin ngayon, itong COVID-19 issue, hindi po namin kayo pinabayaan hanggang ngayon. Nakita po namin na kahit nasaan kayo, kailangang magtrabaho, kailangang itaguyod ang kakayahan ninyo para kumita, para masuportahan ang inyong pamilya,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

“Ang tugon natin sa pandemya ay hindi mangagaling sa eksperto lamang. Manggagaling iyan sa pagtutulungan, kaya magtulungan po tayo,” Secretary Honasan added, pertaining to DICT and San Juan’s efforts to vaccinate IT-BPM workers in the A4 category regardless of their place of residence and work.

“Nagbukas po tayo ng One Vax. Ito po iyong pagbabakuna natin ng hindi taga-San Juan at hindi rin nagtatrabaho sa San Juan. Kung kaya’t pasok na pasok po sila (IT-BPM workers) sa kategoryang ito at ito ay munting tulong natin sa mga kapwa Pilipino,” San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora explained.

Vaccinated and to-be vaccinated workers were endorsed by IT-BPM Subsectors, including Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), and Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP).

Representatives from said organizations also expressed their gratitude to the DICT and San Juan City for the conduct of the vaccination drive.

“This vaccination support will not only help save the lives of our workforce, but in turn, will help save the businesses of our local IT and software sectors,” PSIA Board Member Jomar Bernedo said.

“In the past we were looking at the choice between lives and livelihood, but with the vaccine program, it’s not a choice, you can have both. You can save lives and you can maintain a livelihood,” HIMAP President Rogelio Salazar Jr. added.

GDAP President James Ronald Lo also relayed the organization’s gratitude to the DICT and the City of San Juan for their support to the local IT-BPM sector.

According to DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic, the DICT recognizes the role of the IT-BPM Industry in the country’s economic recovery. The said industry contributed US $26.7 billion or 6% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the end of 2020. The industry also created jobs for 1.32 million Filipinos, making it one of the largest private-sector employers in the Philippines last year.

The IT-BPM industry is composed of six (6) sub-sectors including Contact Centers, IT and Software Development, Global In-House Centers, Healthcare Information Management, Animation, and Game Development.