RP Pres. Gloria Arroyo visited Angeles, Pampanga last February 1, marking the start of the week-long tour in cyber corridor. This refers to the ten cities and capital towns that have the qualities and resources needed by companies which are engaged in the business process outsourcing (BPO) and information and communications technology (ICT).
Aside from Pampanga Central, the other so-called cyber corridor areas are Metro Laguna, Metro Cavite, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, Bulacan East, Bulacan West, Cagayan de Oro, and Lipa City. According to Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Gary Olivar, the availability of ICT workers, low rent and power costs, telecom access, and government support make these locations conducive to ICT-BPO operations. "It is the intention of the administration that the cyber corridor serve as a one-stop shop for e-services investors who may want to invest in our country," Olivar said.
The cyber corridor areas were identified by the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).