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Five BPO operators to locate in Davao City

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (5 November) -- Five Business Process Outsourcing operators are expected to locate in Davao City by the first quarter of 2009.

Bert Barriga, vice president of the ICT Davao during the Davao Business Forum held at SM's MediSpa said these five prospective locators are undergoing negotiations and one of them, the Admerex of Australia is expected to come within this week to assess the shortlisted properties that they are eyeing to locate for their operation.

"It has two properties to choose from and hopefully they would come up with a decision from among the shortlisted areas," he said.

He said top officials of Admerex are flying in anytime.

Admerex already has located in Manila and it will be their first expansion in the Philippines if they pursue their Davao project with an initial 200 seats, he said.

The HCL of India, he said is also doing some negotiations here but is also considering locating in Cebu City and they want to come in when there are already lots of locators.

Barriga said negotiations of these two BPOs are ongoing but they are optimistic they would locate here.

The other three BPOs comprises two call centers from the US and India and an animation school from Canada, Barriga said.

Once these five BPOs push through next year, Davao City will have a total of 10 big call centers and one animation school.

Barriga meanwhile said that Davao City has 12 available properties ideal for BPO operations.

With the cheaper cost of doing business here they are hopeful that more BPOs are coming in. Rental of spaces would range from P200 to P300 per sq. m compared to Manila where the rate is at P600 per sq. m. or even higher.

He said they consider the current financial crisis as an opportunity considering that standard of living here is good and yet affordable and BPO would come in if there are existing support services. (PIA) [top]

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