ILOILO CITY: This city is now a Center of Excellence for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. The metropolis was recognized as an established hub for Information Technology-Business Process Management operations by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology and IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines during an awarding ceremony in Makati City on March 30. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City stressed the citation is a manifestation of the city’s business-friendliness, conducive investment climate, and strong economic promotions in attracting major locators to settle and expand here. Prior to the excellence award, the Next Wave Cities were assessed based on big talent pool, presence of infrastructures, good business environment, and cost competitiveness. Iloilo City was earlier declared the top location for Business Environment and Risk Management with a score of 96 percent because of its low vulnerability to natural disturbances and business friendliness.