‘Next wave cities’ windfall

Growth clusters eye $18-b revenue

Secretary Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said “Next Wave Cities” will lead the $18-billion revenue drive through Information Technology-Business Processing Management (IT-BPM) as a key economic driver.

The IT-BPM sector’s 525,000 full-time employees in June of 2010 breached the “one million mark in August this year and 1.3 million jobs by 2016 is very achievable,” he said during the recent International IT-BPM Summit at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

“We expect to raise $18 billion of revenue by the end of the year, and that makes the $25 billion target by 2016 more realistic,” Montejo said.

He said “Next Wave Cities” implemented by the DOST- Information and Communications Technology Office are aimed at opening IT-BPM hubs in other localities such as Baguio, Iloilo, Sta. Rosa, and Bacolod, and develop them to be among the top 100 IT-BPM hubs in the world.

One of the program activities is conducting road shows in different areas in the provinces to increase the awareness of residents on other BPO segments aside from call centers.

These segments include animation, game development, healthcare outsourcing, and software development, in which Filipinos can be highly competitive.

DOST Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim discussed Rural Impact Sourcing in the countryside.

Through the program, he said, individuals are mentored on how to build start-up companies and develop other skills for ICT to serve clients in major cities.

According to Ibrahim, rural sourcing has around 300,000 entrepreneursm in the IT-BPM loop.

He said the sector has expanded to take in nursing graduates and board passers, for the healthcare outsourcing segment.

Careers in the Healthcare Information Management area include medical transcriptionists, medical secretaries, medical coders and billers, medical assistants, medical representatives, medical butlers and clinical research associates.

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