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PGMA: Creation of more high-paying jobs in RP to keep quality Filipino manpower at home

Manila (21 November) -- President Gloria Macagapal-Arroyo reiterated her administration's determination to create more high-paying jobs throughout the country so that before the end of her term in 2010, Filipinos "will no longer need to go abroad to earn a living."

"It is essential to create good, high-paying jobs here at home so that going abroad is a career choice, not the only option," the President said during a one-on-one interview with DXOC-Ozamiz City at the airport in Gango town here Thursday (Nov. 20).

She said the government is firmly focused on economic reforms to break the offshore employment cycle for Filipinos "to keep working here at home."

The Chief Executive acknowledged that breaking the overseas employment cycle that has been part of the country's economic profile for several generations is a tall order but it can be done.

"It will take another 10 to 15 years to clearly break this cycle, but it is happening and I am pleased at the progress," she said.

The President said her administration is vigorously pursuing the creation of more appealing employment opportunities through the development of priority sectors such as the business process outsourcing (BPOs).

"I am pleased at the BPO sector, and in successfully competing for added-value BPO business, is a good example of our ability to address these challenges," she said.

Noting the big contribution of the BPO sector in creating new jobs, the President said she had ordered the Information and Communications Technology Commission (ICTC) to conduct a technical study on the resources needed by each province to be ICT-enabled.

"That's why I asked Secretary Rey Chua to study how to make every province ICT-enabled," she said.

The Philippines is ranked among the most attractive off-shoring destinations in the world based on cost competitiveness and the highly trainable, English-proficient, IT-enabled quality Filipino manpower.

In recent years, the outsourcing sector has expanded beyond call centers and IT to include a range of professional and business processes, including accounting, human resources, financial analysis, design engineering, animation, medical services, legal services, insurance processes, banking processes, map making, publishing, content creation, and research.

In the last seven years, the President said, the economy has managed to create almost seven million new jobs.

"By continuing down this path, we will increasingly be keeping our best and brightest right here in the Philippines, closer to friends and families, helping to build our communities and provide the next generation of leadership," she added. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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