Naga City, Camarines Sur – The City of Naga is looking to have 20,000 Nagueños as full time employees (FTE) working locally in the Information Technology Business Process Management industry (IT-BPM) by the year of 2016. This was revealed by the local ICT industry stakeholders of the ICT Bicol Council during the first leg of the 2013 NEXT Wave Cities Roadshow organized by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the DOST, Information Technology Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and local ICT councils like ICT@Bicol.

Mr. Dan De Leon President of local ICT Council ICT@Bicol said that, “With companies such as Sutherland and IBM showing confidence in the talent and business environment of Metro Naga and Camarines Sur, we are confident that we can grow the IT- BPM industry in Metro-Naga to provide employment for 20,000 Bicolanos by 2016”.

“With support from local government, the academe, the IT-BPM industry and the DOST-ICT Office, the growth of Camarines Sur is on the right track. Other than bringing employment to our residents we also hope to bring back Bicolanos working elsewhere, allowing them to enjoy being back home and advancing their careers.” Mr. De Leon added.

The event was attended by more than 300 students, faculty and local ICT industry stakeholders. Next Wave Cities are alternative outsourcing destinations outside Metro Manila and Cebu. Naga City is the latest addition to the Top 10 List of Next Wave Cities, proving that it has the eco-system to support Business Process Management (BPM) locators, this eco-system includes: talent pool, telecommunications and travel infrastructure, a business-friendly regulatory environment, as well as recreational facilities.

This year’s NWC ICT Roadshow not only highlights opportunities in IT-BPM but also opportunities for e-commerce, microsourcing and startups and ITpreneurship to college students and young professionals looking for new careers.

Naga City based ITpreneurs such as Magno Edilberto Conag III of Nuvea Caceres Technology Solutions were on hand to give an inspirational talk to participants on how one can put together an IT startup with hard work and local talent. “As Nagueños, we are very passionate about staying here and contributing to the local economy, we have had offers to move our operations to Manila, but we always choose to stay here as we want to give back to the community that made us who we are” Mr. Conag said.

Mr. Monchito Ibrahim of the DOST-ICT Office shared the same enthusiasm of the local speakers. “Metro Naga and Camarines Sur shows a lot of promise for the BPM Industry, It has gone from sleepy country town to a major tourist destination, in less than 5 years, accelerating its development and setting the stage as a very promising location for future IT-BPM locators” Mr. Ibrahim Said.

Other cities included in this year’s NWC Road Show are Baguio, Laoag, Tacloban, Butuan, Puerto Princessa, Cagayan De Oro, Tarlac, Iloilo and Rizal and will run from August to November. The Baguio leg scheduled for 22 to 23 August was postponed due to inclement weather. This has been rescheduled on 17-18 October 2013.

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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