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Iloilo included in President Arroyo's cyber-corridor tour

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (2 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be in Iloilo City on February 3, 2010 to visit RRLS-Information and Communications Technology (RRLS-ICT) Academy at M.H. del Pilar St., Molo, this City.

The President has embarked on a week-long cyber-corridor tour on the following ICT-BPO Centers and the top ten next-wave zones:Metro Laguna, Metro Cavite, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, Bulacan East, Bulacan West Cagayan de Oro, Lipa City, and Pampanga Central.

The tour will highlight the part of the President's legacy that provides the human and physical infrastructure for the ICT-BPO sector, which creates high-paying jobs for young Filipinos.

While in Iloilo City, President Arroyo will inspect the RRLS-ICT Academy facilities and observed the conduct of classes as well.

RRLS stands for Ronald Raymund Lacson Sebastion who is the Chairman of Board of Directors of RRLS-ICT Academy and CEO of the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University. The school has been in the business for seven years, offering TESDA registered courses: two-year Programming NCIV, two-year Computer Harware Servicing NC II, Medical Transcription NC II (492 hours), Call Center Course, Finishing Course for Call Center Agents NC II (100 hours) and Medical Transcription NC II (160 hours). Short-term proficiency courses like Word Processing, Spreadsheet Application, Presentation package, and Adobe Photoshop are also offered for tutorial or group classes.

This company has produced thousands of graduates and is now working in various call centers, medical transcription and IT companies locally and abroad.

The Malacanang press report disclosed that the cyber corridor was set up according to a plan prepared by 31 ICT councils composed of representatives from the private sector, the academe, and local government units in partnership with CICT, DTI, and BPAP.

In 2006, the President introduced the super regions concept dividing the country into five areas of development: North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, Luzon Urban Beltway, Central Philippines for Tourism, Agribusiness Mindanao, and Cyber Corridor.

The President has tasked government agencies to ensure the competitiveness of the ICT-BPO sector, promote investments in the Cyber Corridor and the Next Wave Cities; ensure the supply of talent for the BPO-IT industry; increase awareness in the use of ICT; encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to utilize technology; and motivate entrepreneurs and LGUs to support the BPO-IT industry.

The Philippines is ranked among the most attractive off-shoring destinations in the world because of cost competitiveness and more importantly the country's highly trainable, English proficient, IT-enabled quality manpower".

Meanwhile, 75 million cellular phone (CP) subscribers have been projected to gain access to efficient communication in the country by the end of Dec., last year as against 4.4 million in year 2000. The internet usage on the other hand, it gained a significant increase during President Arroyo's term, from 1.98 % of population in 2000 to 24.5 % of the population in 2009. (PIA6) [top]

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