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DOST-ICT Office Supports Online Freelancing Growth All Over the Philippines (RIS Philippines)

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[Manila Bulletin – Feb 22, 2016] …. “Filipinos are known worldwide for their technical skills and communications skills as well as customer service orientation,” said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo. “This is why the Philippines is regarded as the Contact Center capital of the world. Online jobs are an extension of this, but for smaller businesses instead of  big ones.”

By the end of 2015, an estimated 1.5 million Filipinos had found work online through the Internet, earning dollars without leaving the country. Among the jobs Filipinos excel in are writing, graphic and web design, desktop publishing, audio and video editing, software development and virtual assistants.

These 1.5 million Filipinos earn an average of $3 per hour and $250 per project. Income rates depend on the job’s level of difficulty as well as the worker’s online reputation, gained from ratings given by previous online employers.

Online jobs can be found through job portals such as UpWork.com, Freelancer.ph and OnlineJobs.ph.  Employers are usually small to medium-sized companies or individuals abroad who choose to outsource certain jobs and functions in order to be cost effective.

The only thing an online worker needs is a computer with Internet access as well as the necessary skills to do the job.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is promoting Online Jobs or Impact Sourcing to Filipinos in the provinces as an alternative means of earning income.  The ICT Office regularly conducts Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) workshops at various provincial locations promoting RIS to students and fresh graduates.

For 2015, the ICT Office conducted eight workshops in the following locations: Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte; Manila; Iriga City, Camarines Sur; Odiongan, Romblon; Tacloban, Leyte; Pulilan, Bulacan; Calapan, Oriental Mindoro; and Tagbilaran, Bohol.

“Filipinos are known worldwide for their technical skills and communications skills as well as customer service orientation,” said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo. “This is why the Philippines is regarded as the Contact Center capital of the world. Online jobs are an extension of this, but for smaller businesses instead of  big ones.”

Read the full article at http://www.mb.com.ph/dost-project-to-narrow-digital-divide-in-ph/#UDgAGSEZjlB0T21w.99

February 23, 2016

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