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ICT employers prefer English-speaking skills over aesthetics

by JMD Abangan

Davao City (13 February) -- Employment nowadays no longer requires one to be young, beautiful and handsome, but strongly favors those who have good command in English. This is particularly true in the information-communication technology (ICT) industry.

ICT Davao, Inc. President Lizabel Holganza, the ICT industry whose employment capacity has not been filled up, absorbs workers who are even beyond 50 years old, quite beyond the normally called employable aged.

"Hindi na kailangang maputi, maputi ang ngipin. Jobs in ICT are no longer age proof," she said in explaining that anyone above 50 still have the chance of getting a job especially as contact agent.

"If you are introvert, you can be a transcriptionist; if you are creative, you can do animation," she said in a media forum.

Including the business process outsourcing, the ICT industry which was once generating 1,070 jobs in 2001, created 6,000 jobs in 2009. The industry is targeting to raise some 30,000 jobs in 2015.

Holganza said 60 BPOs and other ICT firms are locating in Davao City which has become a magnet of job-seekers from neighboring cities and provinces even outside the region.

Though Davao City now becomes the hub of ICT and BPO industry, it has yet to fill up the manpower needs of locators.

"We want to continue with out efforts to develop local talents," she said as she stressed the need to develop English proficiency skills among workers.

She revealed efforts are underway to train secondary public school teachers on English proficiency so they would in a way, they transfer such skill to 4th year high school students.

"English is a very crucial skill right now,' she said. (PIA XI) [top]

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