Tourism, IT-BPM to lead employment creation

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The tourism and the information technology-business processing management (IT-BPM) sectors will be driving the country’s employment numbers up to the end of the Aquino administration’s term in 2016.

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According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Economic and Development Authority records, the tourism sector will contribute the largest in terms of employment, with 2.5 million employed persons from years 2013 to 2016.

The tourism industry consists of food chains and restaurants, hotels and inns, resorts and recreation establishments, and other leisure-related businesses in the country.

Following the tourism sector is the IT-BPM sector with a total 1.3 million jobs offered toward 2016.

The IT-BPM sector includes the voice sector or the call center industry, and the nonvoice or the technical software services, which reaches out to other segments such as medical care and services, animation and gaming.

For the call center segment, the Contact Center Association of the Philippines said that it targets to generate 915,000 jobs toward 2016, compared to the 700,000 jobs generated in 2012.

Other than tourism and IT-BPM sectors, included in the employment movers are the electronics and food-processing sector projected, which are to generate 350,000 and 144,000 jobs by 2016, respectively.

Also, the chemicals sector is seen to raise employment to 83,000 jobs, while the garments sector is expected to provide 36,000 by 2016.

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