Iloilo City planning tech expo to show potential as PH’s Silicon Valley

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By the end of 2017, Iloilo City could show how it could become the Philippines’ Silicon Valley.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said they are making arrangements to have an Iloilo City Tech Expo.

“By the end of this year, we are talking to the organizers that we are going to have the Iloilo City Tech Expo, showcasing everything that we have in paving the way for our vision to becoming the Silicon Valley of the Philippines,” he said ).

“All major telecommunication companies (telcos) are located in Iloilo City. There are 21,000 seats for fulltime employees working for 50 BPO companies in the city,” he added.

Mabilog urged Chinese investors to invest in the metro;s information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry.

Iloilo Federation for Information Technology president Jesraf Palmares added Iloilo is an ideal destination for IT-BPM firms.

“We have political and economic stability,” Palmares said, noting that while there were only 5,000 full-time employees in the IT-BPM sector in 2010, the number has grown to 22,000.

Palmares also cited the growth of Iloilo City as shown by its inclusion to the 10 next-wave cities in the country in the last 10 years.

He added Iloilo City is now as one of the five cities considered as Centers of Excellence in the Philippines.

On the other hand, he said the P12,000-entry level salary in Iloilo City is more competitive compared to Manila.