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PIA Press Release
2007/10/26

Davao needs baseline data to attract BPO companies

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (26 October) -- Large companies in the outsourcing sector are still waiting for baseline data about Davao's capability and capacity before they finally invest in the city.

Discussed during the 6th Mindanao ICT Congress that ended yesterday, key players in the ICT admitted that what Davao lacks is the data that would encourage companies to come in.

"The move to gather baseline data must be initiated by a private agency that would gather all the needed information. It must also be supported by the government sector as well as the business sector," said MICT conference director Lizabel Holganza.

Charles Solomon, head of the BPO Operations Practice and official of the Kaisa Consulting stressed that his company is just waiting for the right timing since they are still waiting for the figures that would show that Davao City is already ready for BPO.

"We are waiting for the relevant facts that would push us and also the other large enterprises to join the Davao market," he added.

It was reported that Cebu City has recently initiated a P1.2 million project that would run a sound survey for the Cebu ICT.

Holganza urged for a multi-sector synergy to work on the said technical requirement.

She added that the Davao market is a good potential for the outsourcing business especially that many of those that have been employed in Manila companies come from outside Manila.

Big BPO companies based in Manila and Cebu have been recruiting employees from Davao.. "Davao only needs a solid talent pool that would maintain proficiency of the English language," said Solomon. (PIA XI) [top]

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