2 BPM firms eyes city for project: exec

TWO foreign business process management (BPM) companies have expressed their interest in locating in the city, the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) bared.

Lemuel Ortonio, officer-in-charge of DCIPC, said yesterday in BizForum at Dermpath in SM City Davao that the companies will be made to tour information technology (IT)-enabled buildings that have spaces for locators.

“This (plan to assist the companies) is in coordination with the Information and Communication Technology Davao,” Ortonio said.

The city is among the centers of excellence for IT-BPM operations, according to the Department of Science and Technology, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines and Leechiu Property Consultants.

The city was ranked 66 out of the top 100 outsourcing destinations in the world by Tholons Survey.

As of the first quarter, the Association of Mixed-use Property Developers (AMPD) reported that there were 19,256 square meters of available spaces for IT-BPM companies with about 10,000 square-meter available spaces at Felcris Centrale.

The latest company to set up an IT-enabled building was the JFM Development Corp. which has a total of 5,361 square meters of available spaces for lease for IT-BPM locators and 919 square meters for commercial establishments.

The AMPD is a group of property developers, including Damosa Land Inc., Dominic and Sons Realty and Development Corp., Felcris Centrale, JFM Development Corp., Matina IT Park and Metro Ace Innovplas Corp.

In a statement, the group said is “a private, independent, local association formed to provide the needs of the real estate industry and to promote the interests of its members and the society.” The members of the group’s average rental fee would range P400-P500 per square meter.

John Irene del Ocampo, vice president for external and industry promotions of AMPD, assured they can provide the need of the IT-BPM companies, which require a minimum of 1,500 square meters.

“We have still available spaces fit for the demand of the industry,” Del Ocampo said. By Kristianne M. Fusilero

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