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IT-BPO workforce
up 25 percent: BNEFIT

The workforce in the Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing industry in Negros Occidental increased by 25 percent in the past three years, from 2014 to 2017, a report from Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation of Information and Communications Technology executive director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said.

With a baseline record of 24,000 in 2014, it rose at around 30,000 by the end of last year, or about 25 percent, Batapa said yesterday.

She said this number is from more than 20 major IT-BPM companies and 20 small players, including startups situated in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

She is urging all the stakeholders to work hard and triple their efforts as the target this year is to add 6,000 more jobs in the industry to achieve the 60,000 target by 2022.

About 50 percent of the total target had already been accomplished and the other half should be divided in the next five years, which means 6,000 jobs annually from 2018 to 2022.

To achieve the target, Bacolod should remain as a center of IT-BPM industry and maintain safety, enjoyable, and healthy workplace, she said.

Batapa said that strategies on digital innovation should be made, like e-governance of the local government, and partnerships with concerned agencies, like the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Meanwhile, BNEFIT elected its officers for 2018, with John Dave Duenas of HYBrain as president, Reymund Sabay (UNO-R) as vice president for Talent Development, Bacolod Councilor Em Legaspi Ang - VP for Public Sector;

Julie Gretchen Dizon (Focus Direct), VP for Industry; Jan Maricris Vega (iQOR) as secretary, Merry Chris Hermosura (GrabSupport), assistant secretary, Jinky Besa (Holysoft Studios) treasurer, Hajee Birth Aquino (Audacity Studios), as assistant treasurer, and Cristina Abelarde (Bagosphere) as auditor.* MLG


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