News : Governor Inks Agreement to Create IT Jobs
May 29, 2014 -- Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. signed two memoranda of agreement that he said will lead to the creation of thousands of information technology jobs for Negrenses, and reduce poverty.
Marañon signed an addendum to a memorandum of agreement between the province of Negros Occidental though the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center and Panasiatic Call Center Inc., represented by its general manager in Bacolod, Siony Hijara.
Under the agreement, Panasiatic will provide P5,000 for the call centre training of each scholar at NOLITC whom it will have the option to hire, Cristina Orbecido, NOLITC officer-in-charge, said.
Hijara said Panasiatic is looking at hiring 4,000 call center agents in Negros Occidental.
The governor also signed a MOA with the University of the Philippines-Cebu, represented by dean Liza Corro, to conceptualize, develop and promote training courses and programs on how to start a technology business incubator to be set up at the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City.
This is aimed at developing entrepreneurs, technology-based start-ups, creating jobs and an IT hub, the MOA said.
This is just the start of the campaign of the provincial government to create thousands of jobs for Negrenses in the IT industry to help solve the problem of poverty, the governor said.
He also said he expects the cybercentre to be filled with IT locators before the end of the year.
Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chairperson of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Educational Foundation for ICT, said the target is to have a total of 6,000 information technology jobs at the cybercentre by 2016.
The Department of Science and Technology has approved a P1 million grant for computers for the technology business incubator project at the cybercentre, she also said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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