Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City---Global outsourcing company Accenture is expanding operations in three new sites in the Philippines, including a second office within the Robinson's Cybergate in Cebu City.
The opening of the three sites in the country brings Accenture's total employee base to 20,000, according to Accenture chairman and chief executive officer William D. Green.
"The Philippines is a strategic part of Accenture's global operations. It is our third largest geography after India and the United States. We will continue to invest and grow in the country not only to serve our clents in the global stage but the locals of the country as well," Green said.
Green said they expect to reach the 25,000 headcount mark by the end of its fiscal year on August 2011, maintaining its position of being "a human capital company that attracts, trains and deploy talents."
The three sites are located in McKinley Hill in Taguig City, Eastwood in Quezon City and Robinson's Cybergate in Cebu City.
The ceremonial opening of the new sites was attended by Vice President Jejomar Binay, who represented President Benigno Aquino III, who left for Tokyo, Japan for the APEC Summit.
Manolito Tayag, country managing director for the Philippines, said the newest Cebu office will contribute to the strategic growth of Accenture as it operates hand-in-hand with the existing facility in Pioneer House within Cebu Business Park.
Tayag said the Cybergate office will begin operations next month. He however did not reveal the number of seats that will be opened for hiring new employees.
"Cebu is part of the strategic growth in the Philippines. (It is the) prime location for talent for BPO and technology,"said Tayag.
The first Accenture office in Cebu was opened in 2007 offering application management, systems management and IT-outsourced services.
The opening of three new sites makes Accenture one of the largest BPO companies in the country at 13 locations--three in Makati City, two in Taguig City, one in Pasig City, two in Quezon City, three in Mandaluyong City and two in Cebu City.
Vice President Binay, who read the message of President Aquino, said the BPO industry raked in a total of $7.3 billion revenues in 2009 and hired 450,000 employees providing "a beacon of opportunity in these grim economic times."
Apart from opening more direct and indirect jobs in the country, Green said Accenture has also strengthened its corporate citizenship program with a central focus on "Skills to Succeed."
"Skills to Succeed aims to educate people and help build skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the company," he said.
In Cebu, Accenture has partnered with French non-profit organization, Passerrelles Numeriques (meaning digital bridges) to provide college-equivalent IT education to underprivileged youth in Cebu and neighboring provinces.
It also has an ongoing program to improve the elementary and high school facilities of Barobaybay Mission Academy in Barobaybay, Samar.