Bohol, an island near Cebu City, is already on the outsourcing radar as it prepares itself to welcome the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) investments as well as high-value services. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-7) regional director Asteria Ceberte confirmed there are already outsourcing companies operating in the province.
Despite the influx of BPOs, there’s a challenge that Bohol needs to solve to attract BPO industries further. The Bohol Chronicle reported that there are current issues on slow internet.
Charito Plaza, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) director general, slow development of internet data connectivity within Bohol is the cause why developers are having second thoughts on constructing IT buildings, according to a report by The Freeman. With this, Plaza asked the help of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) through an interview regarding the improvement of Bohol’s IT infrastructure.
On the other hand, DICT executive adviser to the secretary Monchito Ibrahim said there is already an improvement on IT infrastructures in Bohol, and what’s stopping investors is the lack of talent as these employees travel to Cebu for work instead.
“Boholano graduates are still going out of their province after graduation. Most of them go to Cebu to work,” Ibrahim said as quoted on The Freeman.
Cebu City is also a preferred city when it comes to outsourcing. According to a ranking conducting by Tholons, Cebu ranked 12th place in the Super Cities ranking this year. On the other hand, Manila has gotten second place for two years in a row since 2018.
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