Legazpi City,  Albay played host to the first leg of an Information Technology Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) road show promoting the IT-BPO Industry to upcoming Next Wave Cities or new destinations for BPO companies looking to expand their operations outside established IT-BPO hubs like Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Clark.

City Mayor, Carmen Geraldine B. Rosal said that Legazpi and its citizenry are ready to take on IT-BPO in a big way, at the event she said that; “We have talent for this industry. We have good schools that produce good graduates. We have good command of the English language. We have the facilities. We have the necessary support of the academe. And there is the definite and strong partnership between the private groups and the local government”.

The IT-BPO road show titled “ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities: Harnessing ICT for a Smarter Countryside” is organized by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology along with local ICT Councils such as Albay ICT Association and the Legazpi City ICT Council. The Albay leg was held at the La Piazza Hotel last August 23, 2012 in Legazpi City, Albay and was attended by 300 participants composed of representatives from the academe, LGUs, the private and public sector as well as students.

The Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc. (SLTCFI) which is itself an IT-BPO provider and training center based in Legazpi recently launched the country’s first BPO high school, a significant step in preparing the way the City to be an IT-BPO location. SLTCFI representative and Legazpi City ICTO Council Secretariat Mr. Arrish Altavano said that; “Just this June we launched the SLTCFI BPO High School located in San Roque wherein the BPO curriculum is integrated in the highschool. As the pioneer in offering the Business Process Service Management courses here in the Philippines, SLTCFI ensures that once you apply in a BPO company you are equipped with skills for supervisory positions”.

Panelists at event from various ICT industry associations such as the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Contact Center Association of the Philippines, Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP), Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) persuaded participants and parents to encourage incoming college students to take up ICT related courses as well courses such as engineering and architecture to support and take advantage of the fast growing IT-BPO industry.

The next leg of the roadshow will be on the 7th of September 2012, in Palayan City at the Nueva Ecija Convention Center. The Nueva Ecija leg is co-organized by the Tech-Novo Ecijano Association Inc.

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About DOST-ICTO – 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.