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PIA Press Release
2008/02/06

IBM cites Clark Freeport's IT competitiveness

Clark Freeport (6 February) -- Information Technology (IT) giant IBM has cited Clark Freeport's edge in IT noting that this former United States military facility has become a strategic location for its expansion programs.

IBM Philippines President James Velasquez, in an interview over Aksyon Central Luzon Special Edition hosted by Sonny Lopez, said that Clark "has become a strategic place for IBM to focus its efforts in".

Velasquez said IBM is eyeing Clark in line with their ongoing GEO Expansion programs which tap top regions outside Metro Manila with IT opportunities.

"We are committed to bring out our IT and Business Solutions to Clark's business landscape, majority of which are classified under Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)," he said.

Velasquez said the SME/Mid-market is one of IBM's largest and fastest growing market opportunities, adding that "IBM recognizes the contributions mid-sized businesses make in innovation within their industries as well as being the driving economic engine for the global economy".

Clark development Corporation (CDC) President Liberato Laus has, likewise, cited IBM for bringing IT solutions to locator and investor firms based at Clark.

Laus, during IBM's product and services launching at the Holiday Inn Clark dubbed "IBM@Clark, Technology and Business Solutions for Clark Business Leaders," noted Clark's competitiveness in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

"We at Clark are ICT-prepared as technology advances run at a fast pace," Laus said.

In April last year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) have given Clark a 9.23 score (with 10 being the highest) in ICT readiness.

The DTI and CICT, Laus said, have certified that Clark has met most of the crucial requisites of being an ideal destination for ICT locators.

"Clark is positioning itself as a viable outsourcing center for ICT and ICT-enabled services due to its strategic location, highly-skilled and trainable manpower pool, and available investment areas with adequate facilities," Laus declared. (CDC Public Affairs Office/PIA Pampanga) [top]

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