Investors who are looking at the information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry in the Philippines for possible expansion should not worry about the availability of skilled workers. This was the assurance of the soon-to-be-established Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT), which was formed by a law signed by President Benigno Aquino III early this month. Ramoncito Ibrahim, deputy director of DICT, assured investors of stable talent supply as he anticipates the rapid growth of the IT and BPO sectors. Ibrahim said the entry of K to 12 batches this year will soon flood the industry with quality talent supply, aiding the manpower requirement of the outsourcing sector. Ibrahim said that the DICT’s direction is to develop the countryside talent pool, considering that 75% of the graduates in the country come from outside of Metro Manila.
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