DOST-ICTO promotes BPO jobs in rural areas

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The Department of Science and Technology–Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) is set to hold a series of workshops that will seek to create jobs in rural areas through the use of information technology beginning this month up to November.

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The workshop, with the theme “Digital Employment through BPO for Inclusive Growth,” aims to create awareness on Rural Impact Sourcing and its importance on improving the economic conditions of people in rural areas. BPO refers to business process outsourcing.

Rural Impact Sourcing is a process of outsourcing which focuses on providing job opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas that are highly populated but have low opportunities for employment due to lack of investors. Through ICT, the program promotes access to digital markets and rural BPO’s as tools for job creation.

The activity seeks to create a system that will facilitate hosting the operations of BPO firms in the provinces and provide training and skills development to potential employees to ensure that they will provide good quality of service.

“The ICTO continues to build on its efforts broadening the impact that the ICT industry presents. Rural Impact Sourcing presents to investors the benefits of having their operations in these strategic areas,” DOST-ICTO Executive Director Louis Napoleon Casambre said.

The workshops will be held in Daet, Camarines Norte; Koro–nadal City, South Cotabato; Kalibo, Aklan; Surigao; and Calbayog City, Samar to boost awareness and provide people knowledge on Rural Impact Sourcing.

The first part of the Rural Impact Sourcing workshop in Daet on May 30 will feature career talks from presidents and CEOs of Impact Sourcing Providers, namely Bert Barriga of Digisource Inc., Butch Valenzuela of Visa–yaKPO, and Jorge Azurin of Freelancer.ph. The second part will be a half-day workshop led by Online Job University’s founder, Genesis Reonico.

The workshop will cover topics such as general tools and applications to get one started with the skill sets to be offered and developed.

The Rural Impact Sourcing is part of the ICTO’s contribution to the Philippine Development Plan of 2011-2016 to attain inclusive growth in the country. It supports the government’s goal to create 1.3 million traditional IT-business process management jobs by 2016.

PNA

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