ICT Davao Incorporated (IDI), the umbrella organization of all information and communication technology groups, sees the three-day Livelihood Exchange (LIVEX) 2015 a big break for new graduates in Davao City.
Livex 2015 hosted by the city starting August 18 until August 21, is expected to draw about 5,000 stakeholders to participate in different events and forum on various information communication technology issues and concerns in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area).
“There will be representatives from these countries next week. There will be opportunities to expand new business using the talents in this region,” ICT-Davao President Samuel Matunog said.
Matunog has encouraged BPO companies to expand and offer more job opportunities for the new talents (graduates) here.
In an interview, Matunog said despite mushrooming of call centers in the city, it is not easy to fill positions because the standards are very high.
Matunog said from 54,000 graduates in tertiary education in Davao every year the absorption rate is less than 10,000 because of competition and other job opportunities available unlike other locations where the concentration is on BPO jobs.
“In our catchment area we are generating about 54,000 graduates every year and we are only tapping a small portion of that about 10,000 talents every year,” Matunog said.
Matunog is hoping that BPOs will be able to grow more and expand their niches considering that Davao has outstanding talents in business, accounting, and engineering. He said in business and accounting, for instance, there are around 20,000 graduates every year. He said in Davao, agriculture and trade have very strong factors also.
“There is so much opportunity to grow and it all depends in you (BPOs) how to find opportunities to be able to tap these excellent talents,” he said.
Matunog said they even find difficulty offering jobs to IT graduates, which is about 1,000 a year that is why they opted to go abroad. He said if there are more job offers and they get employed it will stop migration of families to job location.
He is also optimistic that with the improved basic education program and reforms in the higher education sector more graduates will be absorbed.
“We are going to feel that and the effect of the reforms in the coming years,” he said.
Matunog is also hoping that apart from the five leading universities and colleges in Mindanao and in Davao, companies would also consider recruiting graduates from Davao del Norte, General Santos and Koronadal cities.
ICT Davao works with relevant business support organizations, the local government and national government agencies that spearhead the formulation of ICT related policies and regulations to create a business environment that encourage ICT investments to make Davao the preferred destination for competitive and cutting-edge ICT products and services.
There are more than 40 cities that have ICT councils in the Philippines and one of the biggest and progressive council is located here in Davao with 18 member associations and one of the biggest member associations is the BPO-ADI or Business Process Outsourcing-Association of Davao Inc.