Bayawan officials visit Leyte’s ICT Park

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Thursday, January 26, 2012


THE province-run Leyte Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Park is being made as a model by the Bayawan City Government, as it plans to build the same in Negros Oriental.

Bayawan officials visited Leyte’s ICT Park to have a look at the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) facility, as well as the different locators it has earned since it started.

The officials were shown a video presentation of how the ICT Park began, as well as the efforts of the province to convince more locators to the site.

Bayawan City, recognized as transport hub in South Negros, is reportedly planning to build an ICT Park to stir more economic activities in their area, which is basically agriculture-driven economy.

At present, the park hosts a call center, BPO company, computer school, and other technology-based enterprise.

“First and foremost, we always say that the government cannot be a businessman. If the government is to go into business and run things, it is bound to lose,” Governor Jericho Petilla told the visiting city officials.

“Our role really is just to jumpstart business but not to go into business ourselves. Once it a facility is established, the private sector and business can come in,” Petilla added.

The Provincial Government has worked for Leyte 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. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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