CEBU: A RAPIDLY RISING IT-BPO DESTINATION
The most popular, widely known IT-BPO city outside of Metro Manila is Cebu. The province has been in a period of modernization for decades. Many companies wanting to establish a headquarters outside of the heavily crowded National Capital Region consider Cebu as an IT-BPO hotspot.
The Cebu IT Park have focused most of the modern developments in Cebu to one area. The park boasts numerous Grade A buildings and commercial areas. It is one of the Philippines’ best, comparable to Alabang, Eastwood, and even BGC in terms of infrastructure and amenities.
OFFICE SPACES AND BUILDINGS
Cebu IT Park is home to numerous office buildings. Skyscrapers such as the Skyrise 4B and the Skyrise line of buildings are all high quality office locations that offer commercial office space for rent. KMC Savills stated that there are 61 other PEZA-accredited buildings located in and around the Cebu IT Park.
On a provincial scale, Cebu is also one of the few provinces that have flexible workspaces. Flexi spaces are a growing industry in the Philippines and have been limited to cities within Metro Manila. The unexpected presence of flexible workspaces in Cebu gives access to a unique working environment to both multinationals and startups in the province. KMC’s flexible workspace facility in Skyrise 4 is one of the first flexi-spaces in the area, offering coworking space and private offices.
Cebuanos are better English speakers than Manilenos. This gives them a considerable edge in the IT-BPO and call center industries. Call centers require English-proficient manpower with neutral accents. Cebu’s deep talent pool provides employees fluent in both verbal and written English.
LESS TRAFFIC, MORE PRODUCTIVITY
Cebu also proves that it has a comparatively low traffic rate than Metro Manila. This makes Cebu IT Park one of the best business locations for companies looking to stay away from congestion in the metro.
The total traffic index for Metro Manila is 283.77, considerably larger than that of Cebu (141.47).
Lesser traffic may also mean better work performance. In terms of health, Cebu has a slight advantage over Metro Manila due to its lower CO2 emission index. Getting to work and back home earlier also contributes to higher levels of satisfaction, keeping employees driven to work hard.
While Metro Manila is still the ideal IT-BPO destination, Cebu offers the same amenities with lesser congestion as a bonus. These factors, along with continued investment in Cebu IT Park, are what make Cebu one of the best outsourcing destinations outside of Metro Manila.