PALAYAN City, Nueva Ecija: At least 18,000 jobs are expected to be generated by a business and government center that is nearing completion here in the provincial capital.
Some 15,000 of these jobs will be in call centers and 3,000 in hotels and other commercial establishments and in government offices.
Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae Joson Cuevas said the first turnover will be that of the business process outsourcing building for call-enter agents on September 30, ready for occupancy also by government agencies that will serve as a one-stop shop for Novo Ecijanos.
According to Cuevas, the P1.5- billion Palayan City Business Hub when finished will match the high-end Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City (Metro Manila) in amenities and relieve the current commercial center of Cabanatuan City of traffic gridlocks.
The business hub, she said, will provide “a better working environment to boost productivity among workers and tenants.”
Workers are applying the final touches to the project to beat the November 2016 deadline.
The Palayan City Business Hub is composed of four buildings.
The three-story main building, which is rising on a 37,500 square meter Palayan City-owned lot donated to the provincial government, will serve as the Nueva Ecija Government Center for national offices.
Motorists at present take about an hour passing a five-kilometer span of the Maharlika Highway along the array of malls and other commercial establishments in Cabanatuan City, before they can do business with the government.
With the business hub being located in Palayan City, people no longer have to pass through already congested parts of Cabanatuan City.
“When it [center]is finished, the travel time will be reduced to only five minutes,” Cuevas said.
The business hub was initiated by the Nueva Ecija provincial government under the Public Private Partnership scheme of MTD Philippines, subsidiary of the Malaysian conglomerate Alloy MTD.
The second phase of the project is expected to be completed on October 31 and will be ready for 8,000 workers.
In support of this major project, Palayan City is committed to build a central transport terminal for commuters from neighboring towns and cities to be able to gain access to the business hub.
Government agencies that are expected to transfer to the Palayan City Business Hub include the Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, National Statistics Office, National Bureau of Investigation, Commission on Elections, Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, Government Service Insurance System and the Social Security System.