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PIA Press Release
2008/02/04

Commentary: No stopping PGMA from providing opportunities for better jobs to Filipinos

Tacloban City (February 4) -- The scaling up by P350 million of the allocation for government training program for Business Processing Outsourcing, is an indication that there is really no stopping President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her sincere desire to provide Filipinos the opportunity to get better jobs.

The additional allocation given to the Business Processing Association of the Philippines, is appreciated as a major boost to the government's efforts to train and build a formidable pool of talents for the BPO sector until 2010.

The BPAP, during the launching of the "Offshoring and Outsourcing Philippines: Roadmap 2010" BPAP at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel in Nov. 5, 2007, BPAP requested the President for P350 million from the PGMA-TWSP to jumpstart the program to develop a talent pool until 2010 that would be ready to fill 600,000 new jobs from direct employment.

In order to meet the government's goal of attaining a 10 percent share of the global outsourcing market by 2010, the Roadmap identified key initiatives and actions.

The allocation which will come from the PGMA-Training for Work Scholarship Program will be turned over to BPAP for distribution to its members namely, Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MTIAPI) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA); and non-BPAP companies, training providers and BPOs engaged in training BPO workers.

The BPO Sector is one of the top performers of the economy and has consistently registered an annual growth rate of 45 percent over the past three years. As of end 2007, BPAP had placed total export revenues of the sector at $4.8 billion, and jobs generated at 320,000.

It is hoped that those qualified to avail of the program will take the opportunity being made available to them by the Government. (PIA 8) [top]

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