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PIA Press Release
2005/12/01

Central Mindanao now MT outsourcing destination

General Santos City (1 December) -- Part of the development strategy in Central Mindanao is the determination of information and communication technology (ICT) industry niche.

In the medical field for instance, Medical Transcription (MT) is one priority ICT sub-sector that is being pushed.

Its consideration includes the rising global demand for competent yet cost-effective workers.

Foreign MT outsourcing companies continue to seek medical transcriptionists for their familiarity with US medical standards, terminology, and practices.

Central Mindanao region has access to cost-effective telecommunications and business infrastructure.

The 12-hour time difference between the US and Soccsksargen could facilitate speedy delivery of output to US hospitals.

So far, only Garner Global Transcription, Inc. and Transcode One Solutions in General Santos City are the registered MT company based in the region.

But there are already a number of sub-contractors that operate home-based.

A group of medical persons received a transcription project from an existing MT companies in Manila for a certain fee.

After a year of industry advocacy lead by RITECC 12 and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 12, not only the local business sector together with the medical practitioners are manifesting their investment interest but the growing appreciation by the academe and training institutions to join the developmental bandwagon.

In the recently concluded 2nd e-Business Week Celebration a Forum on Medical Transcription was conducted to boost this sector.

"This aims to prepare professionals to work in MT firms and provide entrepreneurs with information on the MT business," said DTI regional director Ibrahim Guaimadel. (DTI-GSC/PIA-Sargen) [top]

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