Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson yesterday led the inauguration of the Medical Transcription Laboratories of the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) in Bacolod City.
This has been dubbed as a step towards bringing the business process outsourcing industry in the province to a lucrative next level.
The NOLITC Medical Transcription Laboratories are expected to train about 400 Negrenses annually for highly-lucrative jobs in the non-voice sector of the industry, on top of the already booming voice sector, Marañon said.
The governor said similar NOLITC facilities will also be set up in towns and cities of Negros Occidental to bring the training closer to Negrenses.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority provincial director Lorena Yonque said, aside from medical transcription, the non-voice sector offers lucrative jobs in animation, games and software development, legal transcription and financial services.
Ma. Cristina Orbecido, NOLITC officer-in-charge, said the medical transcription training being offered by NOLITC is a 160-hour or one month and two weeks course that focuses on the use of medical terminology to carry out tasks and produce text from audio transcription.
NOLITC is offering the course to address the growing human resource requirement for the medical transcription industry and the lack of job opportunities for nursing graduates in the province, she said.
“With a large pool of qualified nurses in the province, we are expecting that we can become a destination of choice for the outsourcing of medical and healthcare services just like the call center industry,” she added.
Lacson said he supports the efforts of the provincial government to make Negros Occidental a leader in the BPO non-voice industry.
Marañon said the answer to poverty is education, but this does not necessarily mean college degrees, noting that only 10 percent of the population finish college.
The governor pointed out that while college graduates are having a difficult time finding jobs, carpenters and others who have undergone skills training are in high demand.
The wave of the future is in the ICT-BPO industry, he said.
Lacson said bringing NOLITC to the towns and cities will provide more opportunities for Negrenses to train for lucrative jobs.
NOLITC has already proven its capacity to train call center agents, he said.
Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa Sigue, executive director of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology, said Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are expected to get P15 million worth of call center, software development, animation and medical transcription training scholarships this year.
This represents the 2013 allocation of the BNEFIT recently approved for endorsement by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines under the ICT Training for Work Scholarships (TWS) program as developed by the Business Process Association of the Philippines and TESDA, she said.
This is a continuation of last year’s TWS where Bacolod and Negros Occidental’s technical vocational institutions were able to implement about P17 million worth of call center trainings, she said.
Out of 3,400 trainees, 2,380 were hired as of May 2013, she added.
Meanwhile, Lacson reiterated his position that the Negros First CyberCentre should be completed, and that discussion being held is on where to source the additional P180 million needed for it completion.
Department heads of the provincial government have been asked to appear before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members this morning to answer questions on fund sources so they can decide on the P180 million requested by the governor, Lacson said.
The SP members need to understand what the CyberCentre is all about so whatever decision they make can be explained to their constituents, he added.
Marañon said a 500-bed dormitory for poor students from far-flung areas in Negros Occidental will also be set up at a section of the Paglaum Sports Complex building.
Rent for bed space will be less than one-half of commercial rates, he said.
The section to be used for the dormitory is still being used by the Negros Occidental High School students as classrooms, until those being built by the provincial government at NOHS are completed, Marañon said.
The area will be renovated as a dormitory when it is no longer being used for classrooms, he said.*CPG