ILOCOS NORTE: A management consulting, technology service and outsourcing company opened a branch in the province offering 5,000 jobs in the next few years.
Manish Sharma, global delivery lead for Accenture Operations, said that the project, which is in collaboration with the Provincial Government’s Task Force Trabaho Campaign and planned in 2008, will initially hire 200 professionals as pioneer employees.
“With centers in Manila and Cebu, and now in Ilocos, Accenture further strengthens our ability to create a greater impact for our clients globally and in the region with a sharp focus on health administration and finance operations,” Sharma said.
Gov. Imee Marcos welcomed the development, expecting that this large operation by Accenture will bring more quality jobs to people in the province and will strengthen the province’s Task Force Trabaho Campaign.
“Finally, after your long and determined efforts from 2008 until today, we are opening in Ilocos Norte. We are counting on you to accelerate growth through reliable, well-paying and fulfilling jobs for our youth,” Marcos said.
With this development, Marcos said the Ilocos Delivery Center will initially provide business process outsourcing (BPO) services to health administration and finance clients across Europe and North America.
“Having a high percentage of outmigration in the province, the career opportunities in Accenture is a fresh alternative, a genuine opportunity not only for economic benefit but more importantly, for social benefit and true family unity and that Ilocanos need not find work outside Ilocos Norte,” she added.
Benedict Hernandez, lead of Accenture Operations Delivery Center in the Philippines, said Ilocos Norte was chosen as the location for their third delivery center because of the “impressive” Ilocano talent and the availability of optimal telecommunications infrastructure in the province.
He added that the establishment of the center is a result of the aggressive support by the provincial government to their investment plans.
“[Gov. Marcos] has been the stalwart champion and promoter for the region to actually attract BPO companies and we are here because of her tremendous effort to promote the province. We give a lot of credit to the governor,” Hernandez said.
Since 2012, Marcos has intensified the effort of the Provincial Government to promote the province as a prime destination for BPO companies and become an investment hub in order to generate more job opportunities for Ilocanos.