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Blockchain to Boost Bacolod’s BPO Services

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Industry practitioners sees blockchain as a new technology that will enhance Bacolod City’s current lead as as a center for excellence in information technology and business process management amidst the threats of new disruptive technologies.

Randy Knutson, head of DynaQuest Technology Services, a Manila-based firm says “blockchain technology will help the Philippine BPO industry migrate to next digital wave and create new jobs and preserve existing jobs that will be replaced by artificial intelligence-based call centers, making the Philippines one of the leaders in Blockchain Technology and Bacolod a destination location in that future.”

On Thursday, May 24, 2018 blockchain industry practitioners and local stakeholders in Bacolod will converge for an intensive whole-day workshop about block chain technology, dubbed as Bacolod Blockchain Initiative at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College – Talisay Campus.

The Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), organized the project with the support of Ethereum World, an incubator based in Singapore, DynaQuest Technology Services, a Manila-based firm and HYBrain Development Corporation, a Bacolod-based software development firm).

BNEFIT president John Dave Dueňas, also the founder of HYBrain said Ethereum World have invested in the best technology to provide executive services catered to all entities to help all visionaries expand their business ideas and discuss with our team of top developers and advisors.

The main aim of the initiative is to introduce blockchain technology which has been in mainstream media because of the popularity of one of its application known as “cryptocurrency” but Dueňas says, blockchain is more than cryptocurrency, it is a technology which introduces a new wave of “internet”, secured sharing of data and effective integration of data amongst processes which is now being referred to as the software development technology of the future.

Only a few countries like United States of America and the United Arab Emirates have actually included blockchain technology in their academic curricula, so when Ethereum World, a blockchain integrator company based in Singapore showed interest of introducing the technology in Bacolod, BNEFIT has to grab this opportunity in order to open the doors in the province and the city to explore the possibility of being the first location in the Philippines which has academic institutions incorporate blockchain in their elective courses, he added.

The workshop will be facilitated by Knutson together with Daniel Adams, the chief executive officer of Ethereum World, and Chris Thompson, Business Development Director also of Ethereum.

BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said this project is a big boost to the iTEACH program of BNEFIT which is composed of a series of industry-led digital workshops for the academe. We only have a few more years, before new technologies create major disruptions to the workplace and Bacolod needs to constantly step up not only to maintain its lead among BPO locations in the Philippines but to take advantage of the millions of new digital jobs available around the world, Sigue added.

ATTY. JOCELLE BATAPA-SIGUE • Named as one of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service of the Philippines or TOWNS for 2016 in the field of Information and Communications Technology or ICT • Positions: Past Vice President (2018) and Past President (2010-2012) and Past Trustee (2013-2017) of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines or NICP • Founder, Former President and Current Executive Director of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT or BNEFIT • Served for 3 terms as councilor of Bacolod City • Chosen as one of Asia Society Top Ten Philippines 21 Young Leaders in 2009 • Chosen as the Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines in 2012 • Awarded as Philippine Individual Contributor of the Year during the International ICT Awards given by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines

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