The City Government of Bogo is banking on its capabilities in a bid to position itself as an alternative outsourcing destination not only in the Province of  Cebu but also in the entire Visayas.

Bogo City Administrator Antonieto Suico said in the Cebu Provincial Information Office’s Kasayuran sa Kalambuan segment that the City of Bogo is on its way to becoming a premier information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) destination, as it embarks on programs that gear towards making the city more digitally-ready.

Roger Toñacao, IT Department head of the City of Bogo and the president of Bogo City ICT Council, also said that Bogo is already blanketed in fiber optic infrastructure, which makes government services like business permit licensing efficient and transparent.

Bogo City was the pilot area of the government’s rural impact outsourcing project initiated by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

The 21-day training yielded 21 graduates, four of whom were able to land freelance jobs for local and foreign clients and earning an average of P25,000 per month.

Bogo is a commercial hub in the north. People going to San Remigio, Medellin, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island pass through Bogo City.

In terms of talent availability, Suico said Bogo City is home to four colleges.

The City has earmarked a budget of P120,000 this year to provide free IT skills training monthly, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry.

The IT-BPM industry in Cebu ended 2018 with 160,000 direct employees, according to Wilfredo “Jun” Sa-a Jr., managing director of Cebu IT-BPM.Organization (Cib.O).

Sa-a said bringing technology opportunities to the countryside is one way of leveling the playing field in the community, both in job generation and in trade opportunities.