Posted on February 4th, 2010
In Bacolod City, another business process outsourcing firm will be setting up office by the middle of the year. Panasiatic Call Center Inc. brings to eight the number of call centers in the city who have provided more than 7,000 jobs.
Company chief operating officer Nabil Edmon Salamouni said they will be opening the call center this year which would have 800 seats. They expect to open this June. The new facility, which will have 2-storey, has an area of 2,500 meters, and just about 200 meters away from the Bacolod City Government Center.
Salamouni said that the call center is just part of a series of many projects or business that they will have in the city, adding that Bacolod is important to them and he himself is planning to settle there.
Panasiatic has chosen Bacolod because they believe that it has reached the stage where it is going to develop rapidly, and the city has a very competent and educated workforce. “It also has a business and political community which is geared up to channeling that energy in order to start creating something that, hopefully, will bring you up to the level of maybe the third city in the Philippines within the next 20 years,” Salamouni said.
The opening of Panasiatic in Bacolod City was made even though the Commission on Communications and Information technology has warned that the city is already saturated as far as call centers are concerned.
The new investment elates Bacolod City Mayor Everlio Leonardia, who said that it will only inspire them all the more to see to it that they are able to cope up with the fast growth that the city is experiencing.
Bacolod City is also included in the list of 10 next wave cities in the IT. It was also adjudged as the Most Business Friendly City in the Philippines by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce.