There are almost 19K jobs offered in the IT-BPM industry (information technology and business process management) and the applicants prioritized for this work are overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were displaced from their current jobs due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.
The 19K jobs offered in the IT-BPM industry are in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment in IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP).
Before the 19k jobs can be offered to the public, the slots will be open to qualified OFWs first. Dominique Tutay, Assistant Secretary of DOLE, said that the phase in which they are in is in the profiling stage. They were able to profile about 15,000 OFWs and the figures are still going.
The profiling is currently ongoing. Almost 15,000 profiles of OFWs have been submitted to the IBPAP. Interested companies may directly contact the OFWs who have applied.”
Almost more than 263,000 OFWs and counting have been displaced from their jobs due to the pandemic.
What are the Jobs Offered?
Out of all the 19K jobs offered to OFWs and those without jobs, among them include the following:
- Customer service
- Technical support
- IT support
- Mobile developers
- Medical encoders
Tutay also said that the skills of workers in the medical field will be found useful by transitioning them. As a matter of fact, they’ll be able to have jobs in several medical-like forms.
The skills of overseas Filipino workers who work in the medical field will be useful in fields like medical coding, medical transcription, or even online consultation.”
According to IBPAP, companies coordinating with the IT-BPM are ready for work-from-home setups should the situation call for it.
IBPAP President, Rey Untal, said that they were able to speak with companies; about 10 to 15 of them; and they were able to accumulate and produce a total of 30,000 jobs.
From those 10 to 15 companies that we’ve spoken to, we’ve already accumulated a total of 30,000 job vacancies that we are anticipating over the next few months.”
Investment in the Workforce
The PH IT-BPM quickly met the demand for the arising needs of many business establishments by incorporating digital means. They were thankful for the country’s embracing of digital transformation, as it was able to breed and become better.
In fact, IBPAP Chair Lito Tayag, said that there have been several investments they’ve focused on, some of which include the “reskilling” and the “upskilling” of workers, and so forth.
Digital transformation, even before the pandemic, is one of the challenges we need to face as an industry. Investments have to be made in upskilling and reskilling our people in order to address the impact and disruption brought about by digital transformation.”
According to Untal, the ITBPO companies within the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) are planning to increase their means of investment up to 37% in the first half of 2020 (January-July) reaching P11.4 billion from the PHP8.32 billion during the same period last year.
“A World Caught Unaware”
A few months following the sudden emerge of COVID-19, the industry plans to continue with its annual event International Innovation Summit (IIS) over the course of five days beginning Nov. 4.
The title was chosen to be “A World Caught Unaware: Navigating Pandemic Uncertainties and Unleashing Future IT-BPM Potentials,” During this year’s IIS, it amends to showcase the concept and groundwork for the sector’s recovery and preparation in response to the changes in the reality that it is currently facing.
As per Untal, the occurrence of the COVID-19 has been one of the most devastating and the most affecting of all. It caused chaos in certain instances and situations, and it immobilized some businesses and commercial establishments.
In addition to that, he’s looking to invite several members of the government to take part in the International Innovation Summit this coming Nov. 4. This is to help bring the country’s IT knowledge anew.
The impact of the health crisis has put the sector in uncharted territories, but knowing of the collective and steadfast efforts of the builders, enablers, and trailblazers of Philippine IT-BPM, we continue to remain hopeful about the future. I enjoin members of the industry, government, and academe to take part in the 12th International Innovation Summit.”
What is your opinion regarding this matter of prioritizing OFWs? What do you think of the 19K jobs offered in the IT-BPM industry? Do you agree that OFWs must be prioritized? Or should there be some type of alternative to help out local workers and employees too?
Source: ABS-CBN News