THE former head of a Cebu-based foundation said there is a need for the academe to develop a curriculum and create more programs that will enhance the technical skills of the students.

Bonifacio Belen, former executive director of the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (Cedfit), said although the country is ahead in

terms of business process outsourcing (BPO), it lags behind in terms of high-end software development.

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In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Belen said: “In the voice sector, in BPOs, we have already recognized that we are number one. However, in the higher end of IT, in software development, we are not yet there. There is a need to develop a curriculum that will develop the high-end IT (information technology) skills of our students.”

Belen added that more software developers are needed in the country in order to meet the needs of the growing IT industry.

Gearing up

Although the Philippines is behind in software development, Belen said, the country is gearing up for the development of the IT sector.

Belen said there are now companies trying to establish their presence in Cebu to build up the region’s software developers.

Developers

“Companies such as IBM are establishing now in Cebu, and they are employing not call center agents but Filipino software developers,” Belen said.

IBM is a provider of various products, including computer infrastructure systems, servers, software, storage, financial machines and semi-conductors.