Doris C. Dumlao
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Indian outsourcing giant Wipro Technologies will soon open its first business process outsourcing hub in Metro Manila and occupy half of Lucio Tan group’s Eton Cyberpod Centris building at the new urban development near the Edsa-Quezon Avenue intersection in Quezon City.
While this is the Bangalore-based BPO company’s first foray in Metro Manila, it is actually its second site in the Philippines, having previously opened an outsourcing hub within the Cebu Business Park.
“We just signed a contract with Wipro for half of the building,” Eton Properties Philippines president Danilo Ignacio said in a recent briefing.
Ignacio said Wipro agreed to lease an initial 6,000 square meter of office space at Eton Cyberpod, with a commitment to expand by another 2,000 sq. m.
“They actually want their server operational by Sept. 15 so they can test the systems,” Ignacio said. “At the latest they should be operational by November.”
Wipro, whose parent Wipro Ltd. Is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is one of the biggest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. It offers IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance services to corporations around the world.
Aside from Wipro, Ignacio said Eton Properties has received a letter of intent from four other multinational companies—two of which were US-based corporations—seeking office space in the area.
Wipro’s Cebu site serves three clients from the United States and the United Kingdom. It was earlier reported that Wipro was looking for a second Philippine hub to support its expansion within the North American market.
Eton Cyberpod Centris ia a 12-story office building beside the Centris Station where an SM hypermart will be located. It is the first project to rise within the prime 11.9 hectare mixed-use development. Consisting of seven buildings lined along Edsa, the Cyberpod block will provide office accommodation to BPO companies as well as traditional corporate offices. Each building is programmed to have a minimum gross floor area of 18,000 sq. m. on a 2,000-sq.m. column-free floor plate.
Eton Centris is a self-contained development located at the prime corner of the Quezon City triangle, the emerging growth area in northern Metro Manila. It features various elements encompassing a themed specialty retail block, luxury residential condominiums, a businessman’s hotel, and the BPO office block.
The overall development concept is in line with the local government’s plan to develop the 250-hectare North and East Triangle of Quezon City into a modern central business district as recommended by a study conducted by the World Bank.
“In Centris, the moment our BPO [SM] Hypermart building [the anchor tenant in Centris station] and Centris Walk are operational, that will be a good time to start residential developments there,” Ignacio said.