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PLDT Enterprise partners with GritXL to transform Morong Rizal into an ICT and BPO hub

[Editor's note: Is Morong poised to become the next big ICT hub? Below is a press release from PLDT Enterprise.]

MANILA, Philippines — A newly-opened leasing space in Morong, Rizal is poised to accelerate the municipality's transformation into a “next-wave” city for the information communication technology and business process outsourcing sector.

GritXL, the first BPO-level establishment in Morong, Rizal, has partnered with PLDT Enterprise to ensure reliable and uninterrupted broadband connection which is key to supporting not just digital-focused companies but even micro, small and medium enterprises.

“GritXL is not just a building – it is an instrument of nation-building,” said GritXL founder and president Myla Reyes. “What we share with the PLDT team is the vision of GritXL of creating innovative solutions and pushing for borderless growth for Morong, Rizal. The dream of GritXL will not happen without technology, and most importantly, without connectivity.”

Reyes noted how PLDT's digital footprint in Rizal is “very critical” in establishing a thriving ecosystem of businesses in the ICT-BPO industry.

For his part, first vice president and head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin said the partnership is a reflection of both sides' commitment to enable clients and partners through technology.

“There is nothing more important for MSMEs than to be present where their customers are. Developing next-wave cities such as Morong is aligned with our mission and that of GritXL to prop up MSMEs and equip them with tools that will allow them to bring their businesses to all-new heights,” Locsin said.

“Our goal, in keeping with the government's direction of countryside development, is to make GritXL the innovation center that will help the people and the local government of Morong,” he added.

Locsin noted how the proximity of GritXL, the first BPO-grade establishment in Morong, to at least 28 higher education institutions not only ensures an abundant supply of talent for hiring but paves the way for work-near-home or satellite office programs.

Reyes, whose husband is from Morong, agrees. “Morong has so many schools but there are not too many opportunities for our graduates. What we want is an ecosystem where our graduates will work here near their homes.”

“We also want to engage the  because the entrepreneurship level in Morong is not high. By equipping them with the technology and digital solutions, we want to create more bosses instead of simply more workers,” she added.

According to AVP and Head of Corporate Relationship Management for PLDT SME Nation Dennis Magbatoc, GritXL is envisioned to bring work and opportunities closer to home, offering office leasing, an innovation lab and co-working spaces, and even knowledge process outsourcing support –all supported by PLDT's broadband connection.

“This is a clear indication of how we continuously support the industry and more so the growth of Morong as an emerging city and Rizal province as a whole,” Magbatoc said. - Rappler.com