In a recent speech, President Aquino mentioned a few of the 35 or 40 New Wave Cities in the Philippines. Both Iloilo and Bacolod City in the Western Visayas were two that were mentioned. Bacolod, according to Wikipedia, is "the most populous city in the Western Visayas Region, and it was "ranked as the 17th most populous city in the Philippines. Wikipedia goes on to state that Bacolod "ranks 3rd among the top ten "Next Wave Cities" of the Philippines for the best location for business process outsourcing and offshoring according to the 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology."
In a report from July, 2011 out of Cebu titled: ICT Office to survey next-wave cities with potential to host BPOs, via Daily News Cebu, we can read that the Department of Science & Technology in compliance with Executive Order 47, will be continuing to shape both the destinations and development of industry throughout the Next-Wave cities. Here is an exceprt from that article which offers strong evidence of rapid developments: "At present, the $15-billion BPO industry directly employs about 600,000 Filipinos. It is still expanding. But lack of qualified people threatens its growth. Only seven percent of applicants reportedly are accepted. One of the main reasons for the high attrition rate is flawed diction, an earlier DOST report said."
Here is a direct link to a 2010 Report on the Top Ten NEXT WAVE Cities for BPO. That report substantiates the Wikipedia claim for Bacolod City and states the following Top Ten in order as "Featured locations (in order of rank and appearance in journal) which might not necessarily correlate to what a numerical ranking might conjure up at first."
1. Davao City
2. Santa Rosa City
3. Bacolod City
4. Iloilo City
5. Metro Cavite (Dasmariñas City and the municipalities of Bacoor and Imus)
6. Lipa City
7. Cagayan de Oro City
8. Malolos City
9. Baguio City
10. Dumaguete City
I will add a few other links to this report below if you wish to read on and report back below in the comments. Thanks, Eric.