PGMA starts weeklong cyber-corridor tour
Manila (2 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has started Monday, February 01, 2010, visiting the country's "cyber corridor" - cities and capital towns that have become the locations of choice by firms engaging in information and communications technology (ICT) and business process outsourcing (BPO).
The first stop of the President's week-long tour was Angeles City, part of the so-called Pampanga Central.
The tour highlighted 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.
In a media briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Gary Olivar said the President will visit ICT-BPO centers in Metro Manila and Cebu City as well as the top ten next-wave zones for this sunshine industry.
The ten, identified by the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), are Metro Laguna, Metro Cavite, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, Bulacan East, Bulacan West Cagayan de Oro, Lipa City, and Pampanga Central.
Olivar said these areas earned the designation because of availability of ICT graduates and workers, telecommunications access; low rent and power costs; and government organizations that support IT-BPO operations.
Also, these areas are being serviced by 10 international airports and 15 domestic airports, thus making them conducive to international operations.
At the moment, Olivar said, the cyber corridor hosts 75,000 call centers and BPO companies.
"It is the intention of the administration that the cyber corridor serve as a one-stop shop for e-services investors who may want to invest in our country," Olivar said.
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. (PIA-MMIO) [top]