Baguio declared one of the next web cities

BAGUIO CITY—The Summer Capital was recently adjudged as one of the top 10 next web cities, making it a “preferred destination for information and communication technology business process management (IT-BPM) operations.”

The new rating was conferred by the DOST’s Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), with the Information Technology and Business Processing Association of the Philippines.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said the latest award is an affirmation of the city’s emerging status as an information technology hub in the country. He said it will help attract the influx of more investments in ICT and business process outsourcing (BPO), which will sustain the city’s economic growth through the years.

“Despite recent setbacks in ICT infrastructure, we continue to gain headway in the BPO [industry] because of the tremendous investor confidence,” stressed Domogan. The city mayor said investors in ICT fill in the infrastructure gap to cope with the increasing demand.

Baguio City was first included in the next web list in 2010 when it ranked ninth among the preferred sites for business process out-sourcing business. The selection criteria included talent, infrastructure, cost of doing business and business environment.

In 2011, Domogan created the ICT Council of Baguio City to address the issues of the information technology industry in the city, promote and ensure harmony among the BPO stakeholders, and to coordinate and implement ICT projects.

Freda Gawisan, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Baguio-Benguet office, said the timely creation of the aforesaid council greatly contributed in the ICT’s growth over the past several years. Domogan, on the other hand, expressed optimism that the city will be able to sustain the ICT industry’s growth.

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