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Dumaguete gets award for ‘Next Wave City’


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The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Association of Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental received an award as one of the Top 10 New Wave Cities for outsourcing locations in the Philippines. {{more}}

The recognition was given by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPA/P) and the Department of Trade and Industry for achieving as one of the country’s top ten outsourcing locations in 2010 wit the overall score of 74 percent on the next wave cities scorecard.

Provincial Director Javier Fortunato of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) received the plaque of recognition for Dumaguete City for ranking 10th during the awarding ceremony held on June 22 at Cebu Business Park Hotel, Cebu City .

Director Fortunato said Dumaguete City got higher scores on the labor pool of human resources and environment categories because of the presence of universities and ICT council here.

In particular, cities are scored for the presence of providers of fiber optic networks, cost of labor and office space, quality of their roads, access to international and domestic flights, reliability of power supply, availability of property sites, vulnerability to natural disturbances, peace and order situation, among others.

BPAP chief executive officer Oscar Sañez said “the award is a testament to the hardwork, determination, and spirit of cooperation among its stewards and leaders to develop their jurisdiction as an environment conducive to well-managed business growth and development in the field of ICT.”

The BPAP-CICT-DTI scorecard computed the scores using the following criteria: availability of talent (50 percent), infrastructure (30 percent), cost (5 percent) and business environment (15 percent).

Fortunato said Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) companies in Negros Oriental continue to grow with the presence of competing call centers, animation, web and software development.

Eighty percent of the Philippine outsourcing industry is located in Metro Manila. This means that over 240,000 IT-BPO employees are working within close proximity of each other. Having 10 Next Wave Cities and more will help ease the pressure and spread the benefit of employment, higher incomes and increased business activity across the country.(PIA/JCT)

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