According to CBRE Philippines, growth in office space occupancy is also being driven by the continuous increase of non-BPO operations.
The Philippines is now seen as an attractive location for major corporations that want to set up front office, regional headquarters, and physical business hubs due to competitive price points.
According to Rick Santos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of property consultancy firm CBRE Philippines, of the 700,000 sqm of office available this year, 80 to 90 percent will be allocated for BPO operations. However, with the pending integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines is poised to be the key location and headquarters for its neighboring countries.
Majority of office space supply is expected to come from renowned developers such as Ayala Land, Inc., Megaworld Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation, and SM. Megaworld is the pioneer for BPO hubs in the country for its development in Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City.
In addition to that, foreign investors are interested in expanding operations in the Philippines because of the country’s large, highly-skilled labor pool. Moreover, in the 2014 AT Kearney Global Services Location Index which surveyed a total of 51 countries, the Philippines took the 7th spot as a premier destination for BPO.