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More power, more business for Negros ICT

Negros Occidental (6 November) -- Central Negros Electric Cooperative President Roberto Montelibano assured the information and communications technology industry recently that the later will do its best to ensure sufficient and steady power supply in the province.

During the regular meeting of Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT (BNEFIT) Inc., officials from various call centers in Bacolod City raised concerns on power outages, which hamper their operations.

Reliable power supply is one factor for growth of the industry especially now that locators in Bacolod continue to expand due to the economic situation in the United States.

Business is growing because many foreign companies want to implement cost-saving measures, such as outsourcing their service requirements to the Philippines, Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chair of BNEFIT said.

There is more than adequate power from cogeneration of sugar mills if the same is developed in Negros Occidental, Montelibano told BNEFIT that CENECO has already entered into a contract to purchase power from First Farmers Milling Company for additional supply.

Montelibano requested BNEFIT to furnish the Engineering Department of CENECO details about the locations of all call centers in Bacolod City for the purpose of immediate response and assurance of continuous supply of power.

BNEFIT will be staging a province-wide ICT expositions featuring competitions in web page Olympics, Power Point presentations, inter-collegiate technology quiz, and software development competitions on December 16 to 18, 2008 at Robinsons Place Bacolod.

During the event, stakeholders will once again gather to renew their commitment aim to establish and institutionalize a strong network and various linkages with all academic, formal and non-formal, technical and vocational training institutions in Bacolod and Negros Occidental in order to formulate, consolidate and implements strategies and programs that will address the challenges and gaps identified in the ICT sector.

BNEFIT also aims to develop a comprehensive plan on a provincial basis in order to yield a more accurate picture of the workforce and a rationalized program of infrastructure and human resource build-up based on strengths, encourage synergy among the sectors involved in developing government support, business environment and talent development, in order avoid duplication of efforts, minimize competition among local government units, and maximize resources to better prepare the province and the region to become competitive globally, Batapa-Sigue said. (Batapa News/PIA/EAD) [top]

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