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Gov. Alvarado, intensifies Bulacan BPO promotions
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- “We go higher when we are working together.”

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said this statement as he urges the Bulacan Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Council to intensify the promotion of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in the province by working hand-in-hand with the Philippine National Police, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Public Works and Highways and other IT stakeholders in creating a better landscape for businesses and investments.

This happens after the governor discussed with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Fortunato Dela Peña and former CICT Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim the province’s potentials and recognitions such as being included as one of the Top Ten Next Wave Cities for the third time by Business Processing Association of the Philippines, DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office and Department of Trade and Industry.

“As trendsetter, let’s fix the wrong perception of investors that only Metro Manila or Clark is the best location for Business Process Outsourcing. Bulacan has a pool of talent, which in fact, majority of call center agents and BPO employees working in Metro Manila are coming from the province,” said Alvarado.

The governor also said that setting-up call centers and other BPOs in Bulacan can also help to decongest Metro Manila.

“Investors from South Korea are now investing in Bulacan and we are expecting more to come once the phase three of by-pass road from Balagtas to Bustos and San Rafael is completed. By this, travel time from Manila going north of Bulacan will be lessened because motorists will no longer pass the highly-commercialized Cagayan Valley road where traffic congestion commonly take place,” Alvarado asserted.

Members of the ICT Council also presented their plan to launch the “The Next IT-BPO Explosion Destination: Bulacan AVP Competition” and their proposal of the establishment of a three- storey IT building.

Also, a ceremonial signing of a partnership agreement for information technology and systems development between Far Eastern University – East Asia College (FEU-EAC), Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office (PCEDO) and Liga ng mga Licensing Officers sa Bulacan, Inc. (LLOBI) was held recently.

“The partnership with various industries and academe is part of our faculty and students knowledge and skill enhancement program thru learning application and somehow a corporate social responsibility of the university,” said Rossana Adao, Director for Information Technology Education Department of FEU-EAC.

Adao assures PCEDO and LLOBI that the expenses for every project they agreed to execute will be minimal and limited only to production supplies and transportation.

Initially, the parties had identified the projects to work on like the production of audio-video presentation as marketing tool to promote Bulacan’s vast potentials on information and communications technology, formulation of database management system for Bulacan’s cooperative and SMEs, website development, and software customization for business permit and licensing.

“We are very grateful to FEU-EAC for choosing Bulacan as partner of its endeavor in developing the ICT programs of our institution,”said Jovito Saguinsin, head of PCEDO.

Meanwhile, the Bulacan League of Licensing Officers will concentrate its partnership with the university in customization of business permit and licensing system. ###

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