BOI invites top 20 BPO companies in Makati to expand in Davao

DAVAO CITY – The Board of Investments (BOI) in Southern Mindanao is set to hold a one-on-one discussion with the top 20 business process outsourcing (BPO) companies they met in a roadshow last December in Makati in a bid to bring in new investors that will locate at the 250-hectare mixed-use township development in Tigatto District here.

During Wednesday’s forum at Habi at kape in Abreeza of the Ayala Malls, BOI-Southern Mindanao chief Engr. Gil Dureza said that they are assessing at the moment these large BPO companies before they would schedule another wave of meetings with the executives.

He added that they are hoping to convince at least five BPO companies  to consider the city as area for their expansion.

The BOI-Southern Mindanao, covering Davao Region (Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao del Norte, and Compostela Valley) and SOCCSKSARGEN (Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and cities Cotabato and General Santos), has worked with Lapanday Properties Philippines Inc. (LPPI), the developer of mixed-use township Ciudades in Tigatto, in drawing investors from Makati City.

Dureza said that the land developer will tailor fit the construction of their facilities to the requirements of the BPO companies.

“We are doing hardselling to really invite investors for Davao. Ciudades is part of the team,” he said.

Dureza said that the agency wanted to know when the companies would commit to come to the city.

“Some of the companies have difficulty finding the right talents because they don’t have the skills requirements that they look for in applicants,” he said.

He said the existing BPO companies in the city are already expanding their operations.

One component of Ciudades is the First-Mindanao Business and Industrial Park (FMBIP) and the other is Business-Industrial-Residential Estate (Bire).

FMBIP is poised to become the town’s premiere businesses and industrial hub while Bire is designed for its multi-use features where commercial, production, manufacturing, office, residential and warehousing purposes are thrown into one mix.

Another is El Centro, the first commercial park in Davao said to be the convergence point for commercial, institutional, leisure, sports, and recreational requirements of the town.

The commercial park will cater to the residents’ needs of healthy living, dining destinations, and local tourism in one balanced environment.