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West Visayas cities in top 10 list of next wave cities for outsourcing

Roxas City (20 November) -- The cities of Iloilo and Bacolod in Western Visayas have been included in the top ten areas for the best Next Wave Cities for outsourcing in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

This was based on the scorecard ranking of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), and Department of Trade (DTI).

CICT Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III reported that "Metro Laguna" which is the combined cities and municipalities of Santa Rosa City, Calamba City, Los Baños, Cabuyao and San Pablo City topped the Next Wave Cities scorecard ranking.

The second highest overall score was "Metro Cavite" which is composed of Dasmariñas, Bacoor, Imus, and Cavite City.

Also included in the top ten list were Davao City, Angeles-Clark-Mabalacat, Baliuag-Marilao-Meycauyan, Cagayan de Oro, Malolos-Calumpit, and Lipa City.

"Metro Laguna taken together ranked the highest for availability of graduates and workers out of more than 30 locations assessed," said Secretary Roxas-Chua.

"The talent criteria carries the largest weight—a full 50%—in the overall ranking, which explains Metro Laguna's position at the top," he added.

In addition to talent, the other factors affecting city ranking are infrastructure, cost, and business environment. Cities are scored for the quality of their roads, access to international and domestic flights, hotel, presence of providers of fiber optic networks, cost of labor and office space, vulnerability to natural disturbances, crime rates, the presence of PEZA sites and ICT councils, among other factors.

The Next Wave Cities Scorecard is a joint undertaking of BPAP, CICT, and DTI said BPAP CEO Oscar Sañez in a CICT online news.

"The effort to gather verifiable and objective data with which to populate the scorecard was governed by an agreement signed by these three organizations in November 2007 after we launched the industry's Roadmap 2010," noted Sañez.

"Roadmap 2010 set the target of capturing 10 percent of global market share in outsourcing and identified the work that the BPAP as the industry association needs to do to reach its target," he explained.

The CICT article also cited that eighty percent of the Philippine outsourcing industry is located in Metro Manila.

"This means that over 240,000 IT-BPO employees are working within close proximity of each other. Having ten Next Wave Cities and more will help ease the pressure and spread the benefit of employment, higher incomes, and increased business activity across the country," it added. (PIA) [top]

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