APAC plans expansion
at Leyte ICT Park
Media Relations Center
November 14, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – APAC
Customer Services Inc., the call center locator at the Leyte ICT Park
has recently asked the provincial government of Leyte for another
2,500 square meter office space for its expansion plans.
This was revealed by
Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla during the recent Provincial
Development Council Meeting which he chairs held at the Governor’s
Hall with majority of local chief executives in attendance together
with municipal and local planners.
The governor said
plans are currently being laid on the table as the provincial
government is set provide more space for APAC’s expansion to ensure
that job generation would still cascade here in the province and in
“APAC approached me
two weeks ago for more office space for their expansion and if not
they would expand in another province,” Gov. Petilla said.
The governor disclosed
the province immediately has to go straight to the drawing board for
the ICT Park’s growth to ensure that the job market
APAC’s expansion would create would still benefit
jobseekers from Leyte and Eastern Visayas provinces.
occupies the former Leyte Academic center (LAC) Gymnasium that sits on
a 3,000-square meter site and was turned into a high-end call center
facility when APAC located and finally opened early this year.
APAC officials have
earlier revealed that their Leyte site would only be the start of the
company's five-year expansion in the country where 80% of its growth
will be in the provinces.
With the 2,500 square
meters additional office space
APAC is asking could house at least 600 more call center agents,
Gov. Petilla revealed.
The governor added his
talks with some top officials of the business process outsourcing in
the country reveals that BPO and ICT business would still be brisk
this year despite the global economic slowdown.
“We see the need to
capitalize on the bigger growth of the ICT industry in the province,”
Gov. Petilla told local chief executives.
Leyte, he said, has
become an alternative hub for provincial expansion of BPO and ICT
players because of its existing fiber optic connections, a good
education system with 5,000 to 8,000 graduates every year, and
incentives from the local government.
The BPO and ICT
Industry is known as the “Sunrise Industry” of the country, due to the
fact that this industry has brought in millions of dollars in
investment from foreign companies, while creating several thousand
jobs in the process.
The governor likewise
said with ICT coming in expansion of both upstream and downstream
industries are seen like telecommunications, food, real estate,
construction, electronics, transportation, entertainment and lifestyle