60,000 ICT jobs in Ba­colod, Ne­gocc thru skills for dig­i­tal ca­reers pushed

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

IN the bid to dou­ble the cur­rent num­ber of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (Ict)-en­abled jobs in the prov­ince, from 30,000 to 60,000 in the next five years, in­dus­try lead­ers rec­og­nized the need to ex­pose the youth to dig­i­tal ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and de­velop strate­gies in all lev­els to de­velop their dig­i­tal skills.

Re­spond­ing to this need, the Ba­colod-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Fed­er­a­tion for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (BNEFIT) hosted the two­day Free­lancers Fair and Dig­i­tal Ca­reers Expo at The Dis­trict North­point-ay­ala Mall in Tal­isay City un­til Oc­to­ber 6.

This is in part­ner­ship the Ne­gros On­line Work­ers (NOW), the Dig­i­tal Ca­reers Ad­vo­cates of the Philip­pines (DCAP), Tax­umo and 51Talk.

It was at­tended by a to­tal of 600 se­nior high school and col­lege stu­dents, teach­ers, and free­lancers from var­i­ous schools all over the prov­ince.

BNEFIT ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jo­celle Bat­apa-sigue, in a press re­lease, said the part­ners’ skills re­quired by dig­i­tal ca­reers are pos­sessed by free­lancers and they can, there­fore, help in­flu­ence and in­spire the stu­dents to learn and de­velop such skills.

“The strate­gies must be wide­spread ei­ther through for­mal ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions or tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional cen­ters, on­line plat­forms or in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties like hackathons and ca­reer expo, among oth­ers,” she added.

Top­ics dur­ing the fo­rum in­cluded op­por­tu­ni­ties in the busi­ness process out­sourc­ing (BPO) in­dus­try and in­ter­view eti­quette, ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the cre­ative in­dus­try and game de­vel­op­ment, ca­reers in soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, and on­line English teach­ing.

The pool of speak­ers in­cluded in­dus­try mem­bers of BNEFIT namely Ta­p­atap Games and Au­dac­ity Stu­dio founder Ha­jee Aquino, Holysoft Stu­dio Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Jinky Besa, Con­vo­naut Founder Ed Sali­nas, iqor Sourc­ing Man­ager Jan Mari Vega, and 51Talk Prod­uct and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager Vanessa Cac­eres.

The stu­dents were also ex­posed to the grow­ing free­lanc­ing in­dus­try as part of dig­i­tal ca­reers.

Gen­e­sis Reon­ico, pres­i­dent of DCAP, shared the ad­van­tages of work­ing at home and ways to im­prove your ca­reer as a free­lancer. Reon­ico is the au­thor of the book, On­line Filipino Worker (OFW).

Leif Brian Mar­gallo, founder of Vir­tual Work­force Pro­fes­sion­als (VWP), spoke

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