Worth a thousand Pieces of Gold

One written word is worth a thousand pieces of Gold

-Japanese Proverb

Imagine the world without word. Now imagine word without form of expression. It’s impossible, isn’t it? Words are everywhere. And it’s how you express these words that matter. Forms of expression like talking and writing these words in our minds make all the difference. A valedictorian couldn’t express his or her educational triumph without a speech. Fairytales wouldn’t be as grand to a child without a book. And tell me how can religion be spread without the written word found in scriptures? How can businesses grow without the written words of influence and techniques?

We now realize how vital writing is. If you want to express your love, you write a love letter. If you want to appeal an unnecessary suspension, you write a letter of petition. If you want the world to know that you have an idea about something, you write a blog and post it on the web. Writing is not only important, it is essential. It is to express the deepest and truest feelings we have. It is to convey the message we ought to deliver to others. It is simply to communicate our thoughts in text and paper, on screen, or printed.

We can trace the history of writing to 9,000 years ago where people expressed themselves on stones and caves. Today, we find writing to be very convenient. We have pen and paper, computer and printer, we save these words online and let anyone read it. To add to that convenience, we can even hire a writer to do our biography, write an essay or book for us, edit our thesis, or write a letter of proposal for a business.

There are numerous kinds of writing – creative, descriptive, expository, narrative, persuasive; or be it academic, professional, business, copywriting or journal writing. Whatever kind of a writer you are – blog writer, game writer, ghostwriter, song writer, script writer, or speech writer – it will still all boil down to the unquestionable fact that writing is a fundamental part of our lives. It is truly worth a thousand pieces of gold.

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Outsourcing in the Philippines

The outsourcing industry is the most promising and fastest emerging business in the Philippines. It offers profitability to foreign investors, availability of resources to the world market, stability and growth to the Philippine economy, and generous employment opportunities to the Filipino skilled workers. Because of its capable development,  Philippines’ Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) continues in building up its standards to attract foreign businesses into the country. Several reasons which make the Philippines one of the top outsourcing destination in the world are:

1.        The Philippine government has implemented several laws that grant benefits to multinational companies who wish to set up operations in the country,

2.        The Philippines has free trade zones or export processing zones where some normal trade barriers such as tariffs and quotas are reduced or eliminated to attract new businesses and foreign investments,

3.        The Philippines posses a high literacy rate of large base skilled workers,

4.        Most citizens are fluent in speaking professional English so foreigners do not have trouble communicating.

Outsourcing made a boom because it reduces control and operating costs and improves company focus. But experts are seeing a shift from cost-effectiveness to skills quality and competence. This development keeps the Philippines stronger in its position as a growing global leader in the outsourcing industry (BPAP 2006). More and more foreign companies then desire to gain access to the world-class capabilities of the Filipinos.

The Philippines outsourcing industry offers a wide range of services to companies such as IT, management, finance, animation, engineering, architecture, medical transcription,  education, human resource, administrative services and call center services. It has grown 46% annually since 2006 with a significant contribution of the offshore call centers.

A majority of the outsourcing companies are located in cities like Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. Other sites are located in major regional areas such as Angeles City, Bacolod City, Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan City, Davao City, Dumaguete City, Iligan City, Iloilo City, Legazpi City, Lipa City and Tacloban City.

Because of the remarkable growth, customer satisfaction, and investment-wise destination, the Philippines was awarded two times by the United Kingdom’s National Outsourcing Association as the “Best Offshoring Destination of the Year Award for 2009 for its Business Process Outsourcing sector.” It is in recognition of the healthy economic environment that attracts foreign business to locate their operations in the country.

Resource: www.wikipedia.org

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