Bacolod City now ranks third among RPs Next Wave Cities

April 19, 2010 10:42 am 

BACOLOD CITY, April 19 – Bacolod City is now third among the Philippines "Next Wave Cities" (NWC) based on the latest report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim of the CICT in a letter sent to Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, who chairs the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), said the this city has inched two notches higher compared with its 2009 ranking.

Batapa-Sigue, who is also currently the chair of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), said this development is great milestone for people of Bacolod and Negros Occidental and is a good reason to strive harder especially in the aspect of human resource development, which comprises the largest criterion for the NWC selection.

For this year, the CICT also announced that Metro Clark has been recognized as an IT-BPO Center of Excellence, joining the ranks of Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, primarily due to Metro Clark's growth in terms of employment size and robust infrastructure.

The list of NWC was topped by Davao followed by Sta. Rosa, with Bacolod as third, followed by Iloilo, Metro Cavite, Lipa City, Cagayan de Oro, Malolos City, Baguio City and Dumaguete City .

The human resources comprise 40 percent of the overall ranking.

Other factors are infrastructure, cost, and business environment where cities are scored for the quality of their roads, access to international and domestic flights, presence of providers of fiber optic networks, reliability of power supply, availability of property sites, cost of labor and office space, vulnerability to natural disturbances, peace and order situation, the presence of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) sites and ICT councils, among other factors.

According to Batapa-Sigue, cost of doing business, availability of accredited ICT parks with PEZA accreditation and the presence of a multi-stakeholder organization such as BNEFIT that provides strong support to the local IT-BPO industry are among the factors that boost Bacolod ’s status.

“Although, Bacolod’s manpower pool is not as huge as Davao and Sta. Rosa, our city has proven that it can be an ideal investment site based on other equally important factors. Given time and leadership, Bacolod will soon top the list once it concentrates harder on human resource development to ensure the availability of hirable talents,” Batapa-Sigue said. (PNA)

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