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Davao City to make available spaces for call center operations

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (29 February) -- Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) head Engineer Roberto Teo during the Davao Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Property Forum on Thursday said that the city in the next few months will make available some 20,000 sq. m. for call center operations.

Teo said some of these projects are ongoing and they expect the available the spaces to be ready toward the end of the year.

He said the developments are in Lanang for Davao Motor Sales, J P Laureal Avanue of the Robinsons Land, Inc where the building will also house its supermarket, one in downtown area and the fourth one is at the fourth floor of NCCC Mall in Matina, Davao City.

With the projection raised by Oscar Sanez, chief executive officer of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines he said the industry is really big and by 2010 they expect that some $310 billion businesses would be realized and will be outsourced in countries like India and the Philippines.

He said that of this figure they are targeting about 10 percent or $13 billion and if Davao City could get about 5 percent of the $13 billion that would need some 180,000 sq. m. of spaces for new sites.

The property forum was held purposely for real property owners and developers of Davao City to find out for themselves what BPO really is all about.

Lizabel Holganza, president of the Davao City IT Council said they noted some interests from these property owners and are hopeful that these land owners after getting a clear picture of the IT industry will consider investing in real estates to locate BPO investors that are highly concentrated in Manila.

Sanez meanwhile said that they want to break the concentration in the National Capital Region because it would not be doing good for the industry.

"We need to maintain a not so heavy operation in Manila to maintain healthy competition with each other," he said.

Teo although said that Davao City would be ideal place for offshoring and outsourcing, it would need still a road map to determine what the city really has.

"There is a need to conduct inventory on what Davao really has," he said.

He said this is a comprehensive study that would cost about $100 T for them to get the real picture and what are its strengths.

The preparation of the design he said is ongoing and they will endorse it to the Davao City ICT Task Force even as he said that they are looking for fund donor for the study.

He said it is up for the Task Force to act on it and if they could get an outside funding that would be good as the city government could save on cost.

Teo however said that Davao City is ideal for light and service industry.

"Personally I want investments that would fall under these sectors and find out if they would put up another PEZA accredited site ideal for IT Park," he said. (PIA) [top]

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