Friday, March 1, 2024

Game dev?t, medical transcription sectors see hike in PH headcount

Two vital pillars of the local IT-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry ? game development and medical transcription ? are confident of increasing their workforce in the next three years.

Alvin Juban, president of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines, said in a recent talk during the National Science and Technology Week that the gaming development industry is poised to boost its manpower with the establishment of the ?Human Development Facility?.

Owned by the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the government of South Korea, and the Department of National Defense of the Philippines, the facility is designed to strengthen the skills of Filipino professionals in animation and game development, said Juban.

South Korea is acknowledged as a global hub of game development, with several online gaming titles having achieved popular success.

The Philippines today has an estimated 4,000 game developers involved in motion graphics, motion capture, sound design, conceptualization and game quality assurance.

Meanwhile, Dr. Josefina V. Lauchangco, president of the Health Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP), said the number of nurses hired by her group?s member-firms was estimated to have reached 43,000 in 2012.

The industry group is targeting to raise employment numbers to 100,000 by 2016.

Lauchangco said a background in the medical field is a big advantage for those seeking jobs in the health information management sector such as medical transcription. However, she said that professionals with specialization in other fields can also work in the health information management outsourcing sector.

The government, through the ICT Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology, is eyeing 1.3 million full-time employees working in the IT-BPM industry by 2016.

The industry currently has a total workforce of 776,794 in 2012, some 137,066 of these were new hires, the ICTO said. — PIA


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