Through a workshop held last month in Lanao del Norte in partnership with Freelancer.com, DOST-ICTO again encouraged individuals to earn money at the comfort of their homes through the Internet.
DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Mon Ibrahim said online freelancing makes available opportunities for people without waiting for private sector investment to come in.
“Most of our well-known companies in the Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry are hesitant to locate in Mindanao,” Ibrahim said. “The government, however, realizes the potential of impact sourcing or online jobs to provide alternative means of employment in these areas.”
Freelancer.com, which has a headquarters in the Philippines, is among the known Web platforms that provide a marketplace for freelancers and contractors to meet.
“Freelancer believes that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to work, wherever, and whoever they may be,” said Freelancer.com Regional Director for South East Asia Evan Tan. “We serve as a platform for people in rural communities like Lanao del Norte to access better jobs.”
Freelancer.com noted that the number of online job workers in various cities in Mindanao has been increasing over the years, with Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Iligan City included in the company’s Top 20 Philippine cities with the most number of Freelancers.
Paul Lagura, councilor of Kapatagan town in Lanao del Norte, also noted the wealth of talent in the region.
“We will be helping the ICT office conduct re-echo workshops to other local governments about digital employment as an innovative opportunity for socio-economic growth,” Lagura said.
The DOST-ICTO’s rural impact sourcing campaign forms part of the agency’s bid to have at least 1.6 million direct IT-BPM jobs by 2016, with nearly half coming from the provinces.