December 20, 2013 05:27 AM

By: Dolly Yasa

Bacolod City – The Negros First Cyber Center is now 85 percent complete and would be operational by April 2014.

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the provincial government is still waiting for the release of the loan for the Second Phase of the Cyber Center because it is still pending at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-Monetary Board.

In an interview with reporters Thursday during the recognition and alumni gathering at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center, the governor stressed that MB’s non-approval of the release of loan delays the project.

The Cyber Center was earlier envisioned to be completed before the end of this year.

He said the second phase includes the standby generator and the power house, which is required in the Business Process Outsourcing Industry.
"Other local government units having loans are also complaining about the delay of the approval of the Monetary Board," he said.

The loan intended for the second phase of the cyber center amounts to P157.5 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines.
The governor is upbeat to fast-track the project since it will generate thousands of jobs for Negrenses.

The cyber center's second and third floors intended for BPOs could generate 20,000 direct and indirect jobs once it's fully operational, he said, adding that the ground floor of the cyber center is intended for commercial businesses.
As of this time, there are already big names in the BPO industry have signified their interest of putting up their business at the cyber center, he added.


Marañon said that big firm in the BPO industry will start initial operation by April next year.