DICT Official Warns Public Against Cyber-attacks

cyber attackMay 17 – Department of Information and Communications (DICT) Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Allan Cabanlong has warned the public to be on their guard against ‘ransomware’ such as that which recently  affected over 150 countries. Cabanlong, however, stressed that the cyber attack last week did not affect the Philippines.

 

He made the warning after some 230,000 computers around the world were affected by the WannaCry worm, which hides in email messages, attachments, links, and applications.  Cabanlong cited that DICT officials already had a meeting with the joint cybersecurity working group, together with stakeholders in various industries, including BPOs, banks, and telcos, to discuss possible threats.

 

 

BPO in Top Five Job Generators – Tesda

tesdaMay 16 – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has identified the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry as one of the top five major job generators in the country along with agrifisheries, construction, health and wellness, and tourism.


Tesda offers various courses and programs that will make students ready to work in the top five industries, according to Tesda General Secretary Guiling Mamondiong. He said that there is a P24bn proposed budget for 2018 for the 1.5 million people interested to take skills training with Tesda compared to the P2.4bn budget this year. Tesda offers four kinds of scholarship and student assistance programs.

 

 

 

Exports and Consumer Spending Keep Philippine Economy on Track – Pernia

Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto PerniaMay 18 – Resilient exports and strong consumer spending are likely to keep the Philippines’ economic momentum this year despite its slow growth in the first quarter, said Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.  The Philippines remains one of the strongest performers among the major emerging economies in Asia, according to Pernia.

 

He said the recent economic slowdown could be explained by the absence of election spending, which boosted growth a year earlier. Meanwhile, stimulus and an ambitious infrastructure program would help offset the impact of possible protectionist US policies on remittances from overseas Filipinos and on American investment in business process outsourcing to the Philippines, a vital sector for the economy.  

Iloilo City Welcomes Investors From HK

SM CDO Downtown PremierMay 19 – The Iloilo City government is currently hosting 14 investors from Hong Kong who are on a return mission to explore the city for possible business undertakings.

 

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog disclosed that they are showcasing IloIlo City as an Information Technology (IT) hub as it has also been recognized as a “Center for Excellence” in the field of  IT-Business –BPM. Earlier, the Board of Investments (BOI) supported Iloilo’s position as a good location for IT investments, citing its strong infrastructure and human resources. More than 21,000 regular workers are currently being employed by 47 registered IT-BPM firms based in Iloilo City.

 

 

Cebu Students Told to Take Courses that Prepare for Careers in BPO

cebu studentsMay 17 – With the mismatch between the available talent and job openings in Cebu, employment experts have urged senior high school and college students to take up programs or courses that will make them ready for the in-demand jobs such as those in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

 

Cebu City Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) head Fidel Magno also urged students to take up courses that relate to blue-collar jobs to improve their chances of immediate employment after graduation. Wesley Chiongbian, who runs the online job site Mynimo.com, disclosed that jobs related to BPO continue to be among the top five high-demand jobs in their website.