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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Legazpi is next wave city for BPO

by Ed de Leon

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- The focus efforts of this city’s current administration to make Legazpi an attractive investment area for potential Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) investors is finally paying off when it tied in the 10th place with cities of Dumaguete and Dagupan City the next waves cities outsourcing industry.

The selection was done by the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) recently.

Currently, Legazpi is considered as a feeder city.

It provides qualified manpower to other cities with existing outsourcing industries who conducts recruitment activities in the city.

This is an indication that the city has more than enough qualified manpower to supply the needs of existing outsourcing industry.

Many college graduates from the city usually end up working in call centers in Metro Manila for those who cannot find available jobs here according to the city employment office and according to reports they are doing very well.

This city produces more than 4,000 college graduates every year and is also a center of higher educational institutions of the region.

The accessibility of the city from land air and sea transport from Manila and Cebu plus having reliable and dependable telecommunications providers like Smart, Globe, Bayantel and lately the PLDT that provides reliable Internet and bandwidth connectivity is an important factor for potential BPO investors to locate in the city.

Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal said that the city scored high in the cost of doing business and availability of needed physical information and technology (IT) infrastructures to support an outsourcing industry according to the BPAP ranking.

Rosal added that currently, Legazpi has two proposed IT park - the Embarcadero de Legazpi and the Legazpi Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) Park which could be used by outsourcing companies when they decided to transfer here plus the donated building by Bicol Hair in Barangay Bonot in this city.

Rosal said that this year they will be aggressively pursuing promotions of Legazpi as the next wave city for BPOs to consider investing.

Rosal is very optimistic that the city will be able to attract investors to locate their expansion in the city, thereby providing job opportunities to constituents. (MAL/EDL/PIA-5)

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