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DOST Bicol promotes online jobs among provincial jobseekers

LEGAZPI CITY—Fresh college graduates in the provinces should not be agonizing over how to gain employment in their locality where career opportunities are perceived to be lacking.

DOST Bicol promotes online jobs among provincial jobseekers
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According to the regional office for Bicol of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) is promoting online jobs as an answer to the challenge of bringing technology jobs to areas that currently may not have many opportunities for local jobs in the information technology (IT) sector. The scarcity of IT jobs in provinces like in Bicol is due to local factors such as environmental conditions like typhoons, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, peace and order issues, and geographic location, being far from major urban areas, DOST Regional Director Tomas Briñas over the weekend said.

The ICTO, however, recommends online jobs that do not require fresh graduates to move to another location and as such allow them to maintain their quality and cost of living without sacrificing economic opportunities, he said.

At the same time, working online also provides career growth as this advancement would be in terms of getting better, higher value online jobs with one getting more experience or enhanced skills by doing a good job for a client, Briñas explained.

The Philippines, according to ICTO, is now among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the number of people doing online jobs, and more cities in the country have joined the league of 100 destinations all over the world ideal for Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM).

Briñas said the ICTO has partnered with some online jobs platforms like Freelancer.com that is now registering a growing number of countryside-based jobseekers.

Freelancer, which is a global outsourcing marketplace which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete, is also helping ICTO in the conduct of various workshops on rural impact sourcing (RIS), a program that pushes forth the access to digital markets and rural Business Process Outsourcings (BPOs) as tools for job creation.

Carrying the theme “Digital employment through rural BPO for Inclusive growth,” 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.

Formerly known as “socially responsible outsourcing,” RIS looks toward generating economic and social impacts in these 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 ICTO to contribute to the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016’s pursuit of inclusive growth.

The program supports the Philippine government’s commitment to produce 1.3 million traditional IT-BPM jobs by 2016.

DOST said 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 also to its untapped rural areas as well.” Briñas said.

The RIS takes on the challenge to train and develop its supply of potential work forces 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.

With the RIS and sustained encouragement to fresh graduates in the provinces to seek online jobs, Briñas said DOST-ICTO continues to build on its efforts toward broadening the impact that the ICT industry brings where RIS presents to investors the benefits of having their operations in these strategic areas.

The agency wants to generate more opportunities in rural areas as it would not only increase employment but would also mean that the people from these areas no longer need to relocate to get employed making rural impact sourcing brings the jobs directly to them, he added. (By Danny O. Calleja, PNA)

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