Leyte gov confirms
APAC request for 2,500 sq m office spaces for 600 call center agents
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla confirmed that a memorandum of
agreement has been signed by the Provincial Government of Leyte and
APAC for the Provincial Government to provide another 2,500 square
meter office space for its expansion plans.
government is set to provide more space for
APAC’s expansion to ensure that the company would continue to
generate jobs for residents of
Leyte and the region as a whole, Governor Petilla told the local
media during the Harampang Ha PIA media forum at Gerry’s Grill on
August 10, 2010.
With the 2,500 square
meters additional office space
APAC is asking, it could house at least 600 more call center
agents, Gov. Petilla revealed. Already, with the present operations,
APAC employs at
least a thousand employees since it started.
The governor said that
the province immediately has to go straight to the drawing board for
the ICT Park’s growth to ensure that the job market as a result of
APAC’s expansion would benefit jobseekers from
Leyte and Eastern
However, the Governor
said that he would rather that the private sector follow what the
provincial government has started.
“We showed them how to
do it, the private sector must then take it from there,” Governor
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.
This is still part of
the province of Leyte’s vision to 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 that with ICT coming in, expansion of both upstream and
downstream industries like telecommunications, food, real estate,
construction, electronics, transportation, entertainment and lifestyle
businesses, is seen.
During the recently
held press conference on the regional economic performance of Eastern
Visayas in 2009, NSCB Region 8 Head Evangeline Paran and NEDA 8
Director Buenaventura Go-Soco, Jr., cited the big contribution of BPO
in Leyte towards the Region’s poverty alleviation and employment