July 19, 2006 at 11:23 AM #36544
Is there fiberoptic lines already, coming from Manila? or from Albay?
July 16, 2006 at 8:02 AM #36391
Camarines Sur Tech Park seen as next IT hub
Published on Page A15 of the July 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
A TECHNOLOGY park sits on a five -hectare piece of property in the heart of Camarines Sur and the province’s governor sees it as the next information and technology hub in the Asia Pacific.
The Camarines Sur Information Technology Park was built in 2005 and received a special economic zone status from the Philippine Special Economic Zone Authority (Peza) in March of the same year.
It was the first LGU-run and operated IT park in the country to receive such a status.
According to materials provided by the office of Gov. Lray Villafuerte, the IT park has an existing call center building which has a 400-seat capacity, an animation center, a training center for English proficiency and housing facilities for senior executives and staff.
It uses fiber optic technology and is equipped with two E-1 lines for quick Internet and network services.
Recently, two top executives of Dell Phils. went on a tour of the park upon the invitation of the provincial government.
They inspected the facilities and equipment at the IT park and also conducted a series of conferences with provincial officials led by Villafuerte and representatives of two Philippine telecommunications firms.
The two executives also observed the actual conduct of an English proficiency training program session and talked to the program’s students and trainers.
“The results of our talks with the Dell executives whom we took on the tour were certainly positive and very encouraging. We also got a positive reception during our promotional tour in the United States,” Villafuerte said in a statement.
The successful entrepreneur-turned-public official also pointed out that aside from the superior facilities of the IT park, his province enjoys several advantages that would enable them to compete on a global scale. Camarines Sur, he pointed out, is considered the educational center of Bicol, with top-notch educational institutions such as the Ateneo de Naga, Nueva Caceres and Sta. Isabelle.
The province has competitive labor costs and is accessible by air with regular flights by Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines. It is also accessible by land with a network of well-maintained highways and roads from Metro Manila.
“There is so much potential for global competitiveness in the IT sector for the Philippines in general and Camarines Sur in particular. If Bangalore in India was able to transform itself into a major global IT hub, I don’t see any reason why we cannot do the same for our province,” said Villafuerte.
“We have established the necessary infrastructure and we have started ramping up the capability of our manpower pool. I believe it’s just a matter of time before we become a major player.”
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