Bam Aquino with Subic Bay News Publisher, Vic Vizcocho, Jr. at Harbor Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Top officials in Bataan have affirmed confidence that the province is all set together with its workforce to accommodate what former National Youth Commission Chair Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said was a potential employment boom in the country.

In his recent visit to this city, Aquino said studies have revealed that the Philippines will overtake India in becoming the number one country in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the next two to three years.  While investors are coming in, the workforce must be ready. Investors want a level playing field, a government with no corruption. Second, they want skilled workers who are hard-working and kind,” Aquino said.

Bataan Representative Albert Garcia said graduating students will not just end up hunting for jobs because the local government units and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) here will be giving trainings and enhancement programs.

“We can ensure the presence of a clean government by continuing to vote for the right people in our government, both local and national, and by appointing the right people to the various government positions,” Garcia said in a text message.  Aquino also disclosed that the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) must undertake preparations to contain the possible influx of business opportunities which should be met with a skilled workforce.  Job openings will pour in the 1,700-hectare freeport in Mariveles town as public-private partnerships continue to boom in the BPO and creative industries that include businesses on designs and programming, he added.

Consequently, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan Chairman Deogracias Custodio said that 480 hectares in FAB are already waiting for future developments in which BPO is among the “strong prospective ventures.”  FAB also houses the biggest Tesda manpower training facility in Bataan which assures of capable and well-trained workers.  “I would like to invite everybody to explore the possibility of partnering with us. Investment opportunities at the FAB are wide and varied,” said Custodio. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)

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