BPO brings more jobs in Ilocos Norte

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ILOCOS NORTE: A Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm is set to open its branch here this year and will provide jobs to more than 4,000 residents in the province in the next few years.

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Also one of the world’s largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies, Accenture will initially employ 200 employees for 2015.

Benedict Hernandez, lead of Accenture Operations Delivery Center in the Philippines, said during the time-capsule laying ceremony on February 24 that the construction of the company’s delivery center in Ilocos Norte will start soon.

“We recognize Ilocos Norte’s great potential as an alternative Information Technology Business Process Management destination, the very reason why we are establishing our center in the province,” Hernandez said.

He said the company’s latest branch, which will rise in Barangay 1 San Francisco in San Nicolas town, is the third in the Philippines following Manila and Cebu Delivery Centers.

Hernandez explained Gov. Imee Marcos invited them a few years ago to invest in the province and to meet officials of universities and different sectors.

“We were very impressed back then. We talked to the students, we see the energy and passion and that really inspires us and excites us. We are excited to bring diverse sets of career opportunities for the province of Ilocos,” Hernandez said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Imee Marcos said the project is part of their Task Force Trabaho (TFT) campaign, which is committed to providing more employment opportunities for Ilocos residents.

Last year, Marcos delivered her State of the Province Address (SOPA) and gave an emphasis on her administration to prioritize the creation of sustainable jobs in the province “so that Ilocanos will not need to leave their hometown to search for employment opportunities.”

“We want more and better jobs to provide adequately for our families, both in our cities and in the far flung rural areas. Every Ilocano has the choice of working overseas or one day working here at home,” Marcos said.

She said she firmly believes that the provincial government’s partnership with Accenture will further strengthen their goal of uplifting the standard of living of their people which is in line with company’s aim to boost efforts in achieving inclusive growth in the country by providing training and employment to residents in rural areas.

Also last year, Expert Global Solutions (EGS), a global leader in BPO has also started its operations on November 21 at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena in Laoag City.

“After carefully reviewing a host of possibilities, we are pleased to have a home in Laoag. Given the abundance of talented people in the area, I believe there is great potential for us to continue growing our business here,” shares EGS President Bong Borja.

Borja said more than a hundred Ilocano call center agents were previously hired and sent to Pampanga to undergo training with pay and work there temporarily. “Ninety-four of them are now in the province to work at EGS Ilocos.”

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