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Bacolod IT-BPM industry assured of reliable power supply

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Bacolod City – Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of this city has assured stable power supply for the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) sector, which is one of the major economic drivers here.

The mayor gave the assurance in a statement recently after the IT-BPM Conference and Expo was held here in the city.

“I ensure this sector that the city will continuously work in providing reliable power for our business process outsourcing companies and strengthen the department to attend to the needs of the industry,” he said.

Benitez, who aims to transform Bacolod into a “super city”, underscored the need to “take good care of” the industry and committed the city government’s assistance in finding more ways to expand for more employment.

During the conference, partners and stakeholders of the local IT-BPM industry discussed the development of a roadmap for Bacolod as well as identified the gaps, challenges and areas of opportunities substantial for its growth.

JV Demontaño, leasing manager at Robinsons Land Corp., said that through the Robinsons Office, they fully support Benitez’s vision to make Bacolod a “super city” by 2025, and they look forward to working closely with the city to attract more investments and locators.

Other partners which supported the city’s Business Development and Promotions Center in organizing the event included the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation of Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Information and Communications Technology, and Department of Science and Technology.

During the virtual Liveable Cities Lab, figures presented by BNEFIT showed the IT-BPM industry here is contributing an estimated PHP8.1 billion annual cash infusion into the local economy, based on the PHP17,000 average monthly income of 37,000 full-time employees in the various sub-sectors.

There are at least 10 major locators in the city, including Teletech, Concentrix, Teleperformance, Transcom PanAsiatic Solutions, Ubiquity, iQor, ARB Call Facilities, Focus Direct and Focus Inc., as well as some 20 homegrown small to medium IT enterprises. (Nanette Guadalquiver via The Daily Guardian (TDG) with reports from Philippine News Agency, photo courtesy of TDG)

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