Where is the Filipino IT Talent?

Where is the Filipino IT Talent?

Last September 2, 2001, I got an e-mail from a site visitor who visited DigitalFilipino.com. This company is researching for possible outsourcing locations for software development and English language customer service. He hardly has a clue about the Philippines but a friend advised him to include it in his list of countries to check out.

 

The first question he asked was, “Where in the Philippines are universities located with emphasis in information technology?”

 

The most accurate record I have on hand is based from 1997. (CHED friends, would appreciate getting a copy of your 1999-2000 report)

The regions with the most number of enrollees studying information technology related courses are:

  1. NCR with 121 IT institutions

    Country’s #1 source of IT graduates. Notable institutions include:

    AMA University

    Ateneo de Manila University

    De La Salle University

    Polytechnic University of the Philippines

    University of the Philippines

    Adamson University

  2. Region 4 with 99 IT institutions

    Country’s #3 source of IT graduates. Notable institutions include:

    De La Salle Aguinaldo – Dasmarinas

    University of the Philippines – Los Banos

    Marinduque State College

  3. Region 3 with 86 IT institutions

    Country’s #2 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Angeles University Foundation

  4. Region 7 with 44 IT institutions

    Country’s #5 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Cebu Institute of Technology. Other notable institutions include the Asian College of Technology.

  5. Region 1 with 40 IT institutions

    Country’s #4 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Lorma College. Another notable institution in this area is Computronix College.

  6. Region 6 with 41 IT institutions

    Country’s #7 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos. Other notable institutions include the Filamer Christian College.

  7. Region 12 with 33 IT institutions

    Country’s #6 source of IT graduates. Notable institutions include:

    Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology

    – Mindanao State University (Marawi)

  8. Region 5 with 44 IT institutions

    Country’s #10 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Ateneo de Naga University

  9. CAR with 11 IT institutions

    Country’s #8 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Baguio Colleges Foundation

  10. Region 10 with 17 IT institutions

    Country’s #9 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Misamis University.

  11. Region 11 with 26 IT institutions

    Country’s #14 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Ateneo de Davao University. Other notable institutions include:

    University of Mindanao

    – University of Immaculate Concepion

  12. Region 8 with 20 IT institutions

    Country’s #15 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT is the Asian Development Foundation College

  13. Region 2 with 24 IT institutions

    Country’s #12 source of IT graduates. Its center of development in IT are St. Paul University and University of La Sallette

  14. Region 9 with 18 IT institutions

    Country’s #13 source of IT graduates. Notable institutions include:

    Ateneo de Zamboanga University

    – St. Columban College (Pagadian)

  15. CARAGA with 15 IT institutions

    Country’s #11 source of IT graduates. Its notable institutions include St. Joseph Institute of Technology and St. Nicolas College.

  16. ARMM with 5 IT institutions

    Country’s #16 source of IT graduates. Its notable institution is the Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College.

 

At present, it is estimated that no less than 300,000 thousand students are taking up IT courses today. The Filipino worker is known for its loyalty and hard-working attitude. Although compensation is a factor in deciding a job offer, but Filipinos look beyond salary and puts opportunities for knowledge growth and professional advancement at an equal par most of the time.

 

The typical Filipino worker can write and speak in the English language. The Filipino programmer, according to CityProsDB.com, at present is exposed to Visual Basic, Java, C/C++, Oracle, Cobol, Delphi, among others.

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