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Commentary: PGMA vigorously pursues creation of high-paying jobs locally to keep our best and brightest workforce

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (24 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urges the Information and Technology Commission (CICT) to make a thorough study of a possible transformation of all provinces of the country to be modernized and be an ICT-enabled province as part of her administration's focus to generate more jobs here and break offshore employment cycle for Filipinos.

The aim to keep our best work force locally and working abroad would just be a second or third priority for them, the President said that her administration is vigorously pursuing the creation of more high-paying and quality jobs through the development of priority sectors such as the business process outsourcing (BPOs) here at home before her term ends in 2010.

Citing the successful outcome of some BPO sector contributing to a large number of jobs generated and has even expanded beyond call centers and IT to include a range of professional and business processes, including accounting, human resources, financial analysis, design engineering, animation, medical services, legal services, insurance processes, banking processes, map making, publishing, content creation, and research.

The propose program of transforming all the provinces into ICT-enabler which can support ICT and ICT-based industries is a two-pronged program - one is to develop a technology hub in each of the country's provinces with the hub capable of hosting at the very least contact center operations; and to expand the capabilities of provinces that are already ICT-enablers so that they can increase their absorption capabilities and expand into hardcore ICT operations.

"The national government will provide guidance and advice on a menu of pathways and strategies towards these objectives," the President said.

This program would attract more BPO and hardcore technology companies and help train young Filipinos to become world-class workers in programming, embedded technologies and network engineering.

The Philippines is ranked among the most-attractive off-shoring destinations in the world based on cost competitiveness and highly-trainable, English-proficient, IT-enabled quality Filipino manpower.

The President said that in the last seven years, the Philippine economy has managed to create almost seven million new jobs, and "by continuing down this path, we can keep our best and brightest manpower here in the Philippines closer to friends and families, helping build our communities and provide the next generation of leadership." (PIA La Union) [top]

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