Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Information technology spurring more jobs in the Philippines

PGMA in Clark Cyber City

Clark Field, Pampanga -- "Our strength is our people" is the theme of the third super region cabinet meeting held today at the Cyber City Teleservices Inc. compound in Clark Field, Pampanga.

Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Secretary and Cyber Corridor Super Region Development Champion Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III presented before the full cabinet his report indicating a continued, strong growth in the Philippine IT-BPO industries.

"We have overtaken Malaysia and we already took a lot from India making us now number three in market share, with 15% behind Canada (27%) and India (37%). This growth is due to innate Filipino talent; robust connectivity; accessibility through international and domestic airports; growth in PEZA IT parks and buildings; and the formation of ICT Councils nationwide as the drivers of growth," Secretary Chua reported.

The President directed the Cyber Corridor Super Region Development Champion to develop the Cyber Corridor in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan De Oro, Metro Cavite, Bacolod, Pampanga Central, Bulacan Central (Baliuag, Marilao, Meycauayan), Bulacan South (Malolos, Calumpit) and Lipa City as the next Top Ten Wave Cities.

International investors believe in the Philippine Super Region plan. It is projected to spur rapid development, increase labor and income in the cyber corridor as the regions, cities, and towns are now investing in information and technologies that will create more jobs, business opportunities and income.

According to Goldman Sachs, one of the best investment banks in the world, "it is a good plan to create super regions in accordance to their competitive advantage. The President is focused on the speedy implementation of her infrastructure projects and she is better in the aspect compared to other leaders in Asia."

In the Cyber Corridor Super Region Development Plan, the government will also ensure internet connectivity for all public high schools nationwide. (PIA-Region 3)

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