GenSan IT park construction starts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) — Initial construction work worth P35 million for the development of an information technology park in this city started today.  

Jan S. Ced, president of Mabuhay Technopark Corp., said the 2.8-hectare IT Park is aimed at strengthening GenSan's position as an alternative ICT hub outside Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. 

"There are already interested locators even as we are still conducting marketing promotions to attract domestic and foreign ICT players," Ced said.

Mabuhay I.T Park is the first to be granted with an information technology park status by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in this city. It is envisioned to be a one-stop facility capable of carrying voice, video and data services that would deliver “a superior, reliable and secure network communications with full back-up power supply.”

Initial development works, according to Ced, would include construction of an administration building, incubation center, two-storey training facility, network communications, road networks, water and drainage system, and power and utility buildings.

The incubation center — which will include four small-sized offices measuring 24 square meters, three medium-sized at 35 square meters, and two large-sized of about 60-75 square meters — seeks to assist in developing small-scale IT firms within one to three years to attain commercial success.

Ellorence D. Cruz, Board of Investments (BoI) coordinator here, said that locators to the IT Park will enjoy four to six years corporate income tax holidays. Equipment that would import would also be duty free, she added.

Yet another IT Park is being planned by the Mindanao Polytechnic College. PEZA has yet to act on the school’s application, Cruz said.

Gensan has been positioning itself as an alternative ICT hub outside Metro Manila.

Mayor Pedro B. Acharon Jr. said the city’s advantage are its "quality human resources, the low cost of doing business and the presence of needed support systems such as telecommunication, accommodation and infrastructure facilities." (MindaNews)