SM to construct 18-storey BPO Twin Tower

Another IT center will soon rise in Iloilo City as SM Prime Holdings, Inc., will construct an 18-storey BPO twin tower building across SM City Iloilo.

Councilor Candice Tupas presides over the committee hearing on SM’s request for PEZA Accreditation for their planned twin tower BPO building. Credits: Lex Tupas Facebook.

Costing around P1.7 billion, the SM BPO Twin Tower will house call centers, other offices and parking spaces.

Iloilo City Council has endorsed the information technology project on Tuesday, March 8, 2017 as a requirement for the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) endorsement of a proposed economic zone for a Presidential Proclamation.

Dr. Candice Tupas, Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry chairperson, said the investment project is a big boost to the city especially is now ranked as an important area for the business process outsourcing (BPO) or call center industry.

A letter dated January 27, 2016 of SM City mall manager Gilbert Domingo requested for a city council endorsement required for PEZA endorsement. A consultative meeting with stakeholders was conducted last March 7, 2016 for the proposed construction of an 18 floor building.

The BPO Twin Tower is across the SM City Mall and besides the Injap Tower building. An initial plan is to make the lower ground floor as a terminal or drop off and pick up station for public transport and the 2nd to 5th floor as parking areas for the SM clients.

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The start of the BPO Twin Tower and other offices is from the 6th until the 18th floor. Domingo said the building is not solely for a call center but can be leased to other offices.

The SM management is preparing all documents for their pre-qualification clearance and is requesting only 20 percent of the total floor area to be declared as PEZA accredited area. The target date of completion of the first 6 floors is on November 2017. [via Source]

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