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DOST to promote IT-BPO jobs in the provinces

Posted on May 8, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) will hold a series of workshops in various provinces this year to promote online freelance jobs.

The campaign is titled “Digital Employment through Rural BPO for Inclusive Growth” and will start on May 30 in Daet, Camarines Norte. The workshop, which will be brought to different provinces until November, will be held in Koronadal, South Cotabato; Kalibo, Aklan; Surigao City, Surigao del Norte; Calbayog, Samar.

DOST-ICT Office said that the program is in line with the government’s goal to produce 1.3 million jobs by 2016 in IT-business process management (IT-BPM). Through the use of ICT, DOST-ICT Office said that they are pushing for “access to digital markets and rural BPOs as tools for job creation.”

“The ICT Office continues to build on its efforts broadening the impact that the ICT industry presents. Rural Impact Sourcing presents to investors the benefits of having their operations in these strategic areas,” said DOST-ICTO executive director Louis Casambre.

“This would generate more opportunities in these areas. Not only would it increase employment, it would also mean that the people from these areas no longer need to relocate to get employed,” Casambre added.

Part of the workshop involves training on virtual assistance, a job reportedly in demand today in various online job marketplaces where an employee provides remote administrative or technical support to his employer.
The target audiences of the workshops are college-level students, graduates, and working professionals.

Online freelancing is a job available to anyone with an Internet connection and a marketable skill, such as writing, copy-editing, graphic design, software development. The DOST-ICT Office recently told that the number of online freelancers in the Philippines is now close to a million, while an industry executive said that pockets of growth in the business are mostly found in the provinces.

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