By GB Candelario
The event was for two hours, but the impact is much more than you can imagine.
That’s how to describe the Freelancers Meet Up held last November 9 at DTI-Caraga Regional Office, Butuan City.
Online freelancers, academe representatives and other industry partners were gathered through the efforts of DTI-Caraga, RISPhilippines, ACLC-Butuan and the Department of Information and Communications Technology to generate more opportunities in building up the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) initiatives in Caraga.
Guest speaker during the event was Jhonny Paul Lagura, founder of RISPhilippines advocating the implementation of Rural Impact Sourcing in both urban areas and rural communities with internet access.
In summation, the talk was more on promoting ICT as an emerging industry in the region and the challenge to embrace Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) ventures.
While the conference room may be cold, Pau’s (as Paul’s acquaintance would call him) topic was exactly opposite, and key points should seriously be taken.
One. While the metro areas in the country are currently congested with BPO investments the bigger percentage of its workers came from different provinces. Something that every online workers in the region would look forward on the day to come when these workloads be distributed if not 50 /50 (metro-province) at least in a generous percentage in Caraga so they could obtain better and higher paying jobs without leaving their hometowns.
Two. Caraganon freelancers can have high hopes that BPO ventures are feasible. Pau shared the successful story of Rural BPO model in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte where young farmers perform their field works in the morning and do online outsourcing jobs at night and other free time.
Three. Freelancers should not settle in freelancing and work solo forever. They are called to answer the challenge of Impact Sourcing by embracing the opportunities to transform themselves into technopreneurs in the continuously high value economic opportunities in the BPO industry.
Technopreneurs is RISPH’s term in turning freelancers into responsible entrepreneurs, a model enabling online workers to start their own outsourcing firm as part of social responsibility to create jobs and other related opportunities especially in the country’s rural areas where the population is high but the employment is low due to lack of investors.
For the participants it was a moment that opens the portal of wider opportunities.
With overwhelming reactions a series of activities is expected to come in the early days in 2017.
The day also marked the challenge for the Caraganon freelancers and other participating stakeholders to generate economic and social impacts and be the next example of successful BPO model.