More jobs listed in CJH Eco Zone

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


EMPLOYMENT in the John Hay Special Economic Zone has increased.

From 1,410 jobs listed in 2011, the JHMC recorded some 3,473 jobs in 2013.

Arnel Casanova, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and chief executive officer, was pleased its management arm, John Hay Management Corporation, continues to give employment opportunities mostly to the people of Baguio City, Benguet and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

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He also praised JHMC led by president and CEO Jaimie Eloise Agbayani and the Board chaired by Silvestre Afable.

"The John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) is on track to meet its target of 4,000 employees, or an additional 527 new jobs generated for CY 201," Casanova said in a press statement.

He said JHMC has been ensuring beneficiaries of these job opportunities are local residents citing JHMC's report, which noted 92 percent of the 3,473 human resources in the in JHSEZ are from Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) area.

Casanova attributed the increase in employment to the InterContinental Hotels Group and Convergys' Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) facilities.

The opening of BPO facility and retail establishments and the well-maintained business environment in JHSEZ also contributed to the increase in business enterprises.

It was earlier reported the growth of BPOs is one of the major contributors in the industry sector and economy of the region.

Furthermore, some 500 percent upsurge of business enterprises was recorded in Ayala Techno Hub alone.

From the 78 locators in 2011, the JHMC report highlighted a spread of 40 percent or 110 locators in the special economic zone.

Among new establishments in the zone are Vizco's Restaurant and Cake Shop; Hill Station Bistro; Kung Fu Kitchen; Sumo Sam; Dermstrata Skin Clinic and Spa; Fog Photo; Switch and JCo.

Moreover, Casanova acclaimed the JHMC has been fulfilling its task to keep and develop Camp John Hay as a leading investment and tourist destination by implementing regulations, ensuring sustainable use of the watershed, generating job opportunities and contributing to the economic growth.

The JHMC is the management arm of the BCDA in Camp John Hay.

BCDA is a government owned and controlled corporation responsible in transforming former military bases and properties into centers of economic growth through public-private partnerships.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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