First call center in NE opens

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    WIDE OPEN. Production of workers qualified to occupy these seats and space is a challenge for Novo Ecijanos. (Inset) Nueva Ecija Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson and Department of Trade and Industry Central Luzon Director Blesila Lantayona discuss industry issues during the opening of the first call center firm in the primarily agriculture province of Nueva Ecija. Photos by Armand M. Galang

    CABANATUAN CITY – The launching of the first call center company in this highly industrializing city, situated in the primarily agriculture province, has opened a wide opportunity for employment among Novo Ecijanos, industry and local officials said.

    Blesila Lantayona, regional director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who attended the formal launch of ICT Call Center at the 4th Floor of Megacenter The Mall last Tuesday said it was a “good opportunity for Novo Ecijanos to find good jobs without being away from their families.”

    Among the officails who attended the launching were Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson, Provincial Administrator Atty. Alejandro Abesamis, San Isidro town Mayor Sonia Lorenzo, Warly Dela Rosa of the Provincial Employment Services Office and officials from the Technology Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

    “The challenge now to the LGUs (local government units) and the community as a whole is how to produce qualified workers,” Lantayona said.

    The company offers a minimum pay of P11,000 monthly plus additional benefits for agents who would work eight hours a day. The salaries and working conditions are in accordance with the Labor Code of the Philippines, the firm’s officials said.

    The firm also accepts part time agents who would work for four hours per day. The employment is open to college graduates or at least college level students who will undergo trainings.

    Finishing a call center course being offered by some technology schools is a sure advantage, they said.

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