TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan: A global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company is here to join the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) job caravan to recruit employees and agents for the industry in the Cagayan Valley region.
CEZA Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Jose Mari Ponce said the caravan can be a great opportunity for the jobless and those who wanted to create a career in the BPO industry.
He said they are conducting the caravan with the assistance of the City Government, Commission on Higher Education, Sitel and the Cagayan Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
In its investment areas, Ponce said CEZA has in its list of priorities the BPO industry as well as Gaming Activities, Tourism and Resort Facilities and Services, Marine Products Processing, Real Estate Development, Port Operations, Power Generation and Dis-tribution, Agro-industry and Water Supply and Treatment Facility.
He said the CEZA is ready with its BPO infrastructure and support facilities and that companies of related industries have also conveyed their interest to invest in CEZA, which is also known as the Cagayan Freeport.
“The availability of multi-million advanced telecommunication facilities by our locators makes the Cagayan Freeport a viable site to operate various business process outsourcing activities,” Ponce said, “To speed up the process, we encourage interested applicants to attend the pre-screening, which is already on- going at our CEZA office in Tuguegarao.”
He also lauded Sitel for locating in CEZA, which is working at making the Cagayan Valley region as a prime BPO hub in Northern Philippines.
He explained that with the support facilities already in place in the Cagayan Freeport, CEZA wants to share this development to the whole Cagayan Valley region, initially through employ-ment generation.
“This development is in line with President Aquino’s mandate for inclusive growth by fulfilling our objective with the cooperation of our partners in the public and private sectors, including the academe,” Ponce said.
Located at the country’s northeastern tip, a strategic location for dynamic enterprise development, the CEZA is a government owned and controlled corporation created by virtue of Republic Act 7922, otherwise known as the “Cagayan Special Economic Zone Act of 1995.”
Ponce said the location is at the crossroads of international shipping lines and is thereby open to a number of lucrative markets which include Japan, China, US West Coast, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
CEZA administers 54,118.95 hectares of land area, which encompasses the entire municipality of Santa Ana in Cagayan Province as well as Fuga, Barit and Mabbag islands in the municipality of Aparri.
“These areas are characterized by its untapped natural and economic resources and it is poised to become one of the country’s most important agro-industrial, commercial, tourism, recreational and transshipment hub,” Ponce added.