DTI urges Ilonggos to take BPO’s offers

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 6 is encouraging all Ilonggos and residents in the region, particularly the youth, to grab the opportunities offered by the business process outsourcing (BPOs) industry.
DTI Region 6 Regional Director Dominic Abad said, “There is another industry whose demand is getting bigger and has no prejudice on the physical structure of people. This is something that we should take as opportunity.”
With the robust contribution of the BPOs in the local economy, Iloilo City, together with Bacolod City, is quoted by global entities among the top Next Wave Cities.
Abad explained how BPOs can have a domino effect in the industry. “It connects everything. There is economic activity; people can afford to spend. If every worker earns P10,000 a month, that is millions every month that goes into economy from the salaries of workers,” he said.
According to him Iloilo alone produces around 20,000 graduates every year and BPOs are benefiting from them.
“The jobs in the BPO industry may not be a long-term career but the companies assure an immediate job to those who are good at it”, he added.
Abad said despite the nominal decline of the unemployment rate in the country, the BPO industry has potential for growth giving the unemployed individuals the aspiration to earn a living
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chair and co-founder of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) said there is still a budding call for BPO positions.
Global and multinational companies is also eyeing business potential in the country, outpacing India as the leading BPO industry.
The mushrooming of investments and infrastructures in Iloilo City such as the 40-storey Iloilo Center and the Megaworld buildings is expected to give the industry another break in boosting local economy. PNA/IMT