July 28, Pasay City – Capping off this year’s National Science and Technology Week, the eInnovation group from the DOST-ICT Office held their Rural Impact Sourcing: Promoting Online Jobs in the Country Side event at the SMX Convention Center. The project aims to bring ICT jobs closer to where the people are.

Public-Private Partnership

The conference showcased parallel initiatives that reinforce the project’s goals. Online free-lancing platforms Freelancer.com and upwork.com presented career alternatives to city dwellers and communities living in small rural areas alike; Visaya Knowledge Process Outsourcing, represented by Mr. Butch Valenzuela, took to the center stage and discussed the current state of next wave cities as they embark hand in hand with the ICT Office and their private partners in improving job opportunity generation in these areas.

Mr. Valenzuela painted the audience a picture of rural growth brought about by the IT-BPM industry. As Ms. Emmy Lou Delfin, puts it: “We bring the jobs to where the people are;” the same method is done by Visaya KPO by partnering up with Accenture. “Accenture looks for the client, then they let us run the process, in turn yung maliliit na towns sa provinces get to benefit from this;” He explained, pertaining to how the partnership takes employment opportunities down to small rural areas.

Inspiring and Enlightening

Ms. Olivia Briones and Ms. Sharon De Dios both shared their real-life success stories as proof of the efficacy of online jobs in improving lives. Answering questions as far as whether they consider their college degree being put to waste or not, together with the whole panel of speakers, they clarified many misconceptions regarding freelancing and working online.

John Lagura, the Municipal Councilor of Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte, narrated how Rural Impact Sourcing affected their lives and their industry by planting the seed that brought about improvements in their municipality thanks to the establishment of rural-based BPOs. This initiative provided job opportunities for those who were residing in the municipality and also exhibits the potential of tapping human resources from such areas within the provinces if they are given the necessary infrastructure.

Ignition to Action

The Conference had an underlying tone tightly knitted to what Mr. Genesis Reonico, founder of OnlineJobsUniversity.com spoke that night, “Opportunity is there, but you need to take action”. The two part open forum pointed to the same concept and as well as the actual stories that spoke about how integrating and utilizing the latest developments in Information and Communications Technology can lead to success. With the initiative to grab and take control of the oncoming opportunities, success is inevitable regardless the path chosen.