Iloilo, despite being hit hard by super typhoon Yolanda, is all set to bring the Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry in the province to the same level as that of Bacolod and Cebu. This was revealed at the 8th leg of the Next Wave Cities Road show held in the Iloilo City this week.

The event was organized by the Iloilo Federation for Information Technology (IFIT) and the DOST- ICT Office supported by IT-BPM Industry associations. It was attended by more than three hundred students, local industry stakeholders and members of the local community.

Iloilo currently employs 9,000 workers in eight (IT-BPM) companies located in the province. It is currently in the top 10 next wave cities, together with the likes of Baguio, Davao, Metro Laguna, Dumaguete and Naga.

According to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog “As one of the leading next wave cities in the country, and  a leading IT-BPM destination, Iloilo city prides itself in having the right ecosystem required to support the industry such as stable energy and power facilities, an army of skilled human resource, IT-BPM-ready real estate and robust telecommunications infrastructure.”

Jess Palmares, President of IFIT said that; “ Northern Iloilo was badly affected by the last typhoon but with our resilience I know we can recover. Everything is in place for Iloilo City. Development has occurred in several areas by developers such as Gaisano, Megaworld and Ayala. We have also continued to develop manpower capability in the province supported by educational institutions, DOLE and TESDA. We are ready to take Iloilo to the next level and become an IT-BPM Center of Excellence like our neighbors Bacolod and Cebu.”

The Iloilo Next wave cities leg was well supported by the Industry and coincided with the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI)’ Animahenasyon festival which was held in West Visayas State University, also in Iloilo city.

IT Business Process Association of the Philippines President Jo Mari Mercado commented that; “Iloilo has developed a good eco system to attract multinationals and BPOs, the next step is now for Iloilo to develop its local ICT industry, that is why we have  brought resource persons from ACPI, the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), Philippine  Software Industry Asociation (PSIA), and Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP) to motivate students to take up IT related courses and capacity development programs supported by the industry to support the human resource requirements of the IT-BPM industry of Iloilo.

About DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology 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.

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iloilo_mayor_mabilogMayor Mabilog of Iloilo City addresses and audience of more than a hundred students, ICT stakeholders and industry experts at the Iloilo leg of the Next Wave Cities ICT roadshow,” Iloilo city prides itself in having the right ecosystem required to support the industry such as stable energy and power facilities, an army of skilled human resource, IT-BPM-ready real estate and robust telecommunications infrastructure.”Mayor Mabilog said.

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