Rural impact sourcing to create breaks for Pinoys

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


A SERIES of rural impact sourcing (RIS) workshops will be hosted by the Department of Science and Technology through its Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office) come May to November this year.

DOST, in a statement, said the first leg of the workshops will kick off on May 30, 2014, in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Carrying the theme “Digital employment through rural business process outsourcing (BPO) for Inclusive growth,” rural impact sourcing (RIS) is considered an outsourcing business which focuses on providing meaningful jobs and other related opportunities in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, mostly rural areas of the country where there is high population but low employment due to lack of investors.

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Formerly known as “socially responsible outsourcing,” RIS looks to generate economic and social impacts in these mentioned areas. Through the use of ICT, the program pushes forth the access to digital markets and rural BPOs as tools for job creation.

The RIS is part of a thrust by the ICT Office to contribute to the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016’s pursuit of inclusive growth. The program supports Philippine government’s commitment to produce 1.3 million traditional IT-BPM jobs by 2016.

According to Accenture’s “Exploring the value proposition of impact sourcing,” the global Business Process and Technology Outsourcing sector will grow to $674 billion by 2016 and Impact Sourcing is predicted to make up 11% of the BPO market in 2016.

DOST said that as the Philippines saw rapid growth and development of the IT-BPM industry in the last few years making it the country’s top career provider.

With all the country’s growth and development however, there continues to be a growing disparity in opportunities between the country’s top cities and the untapped rural areas.

“Taking this into consideration, the RIS program focuses to deliver these opportunities and take advantage of its human resources not just in the country’s known key cities but to its untapped rural areas as well.” DOST said.

The RIS takes on the challenge to train and develop its supply of potential workforces to ensure constant quality for the service that they can provide.

On the other hand, it is also geared up to generate the demand for more outsourcing companies by striving to create an ecosystem within the prospect area that would provide benefits to such companies.

DOST - ICT Office’s Executive Director Louis Napoleon Casambre said that the ICT Office continues to build on its efforts broadening the impact that the ICT industry brings where RIS presents to investors the benefits of having their operations in these strategic areas.

“This would generate more opportunities in these areas. Not only would it increase employment, it would also mean that the people from these areas no longer need to relocate to get employed. Instead, rural impact sourcing brings the jobs directly to them.” Casambre said.

The workshops are set to be held in Daet, Koronadal, Kalibo, Surigao, and Calbayog. They are aimed to boost awareness in these areas and provide the people knowledge on RIS.

The first part of the RIS workshop in Daet will feature career talks from presidents and CEOs of Impact Sourcing Providers namely Bert Barriga of Digisource Inc., Butch Valenzuela of VisayaKPO, and Jorge Azurin of Freelancer.ph.

The second part will be a half-day workshop led by Online Job University’s founder, Genisis Reonico. The workshop will consist of topics such as general tools and applications to get the participants get started with the skill sets to be offered and developed.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 07, 2014.

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