ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN. Participants from at least six call center firms in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental join the tree-growing activity at the site of the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center Global Campus in Talisay City on Thursday (June 30, 2022). The provincial government-owned educational facility is expected to be fully operational in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center)

BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) Global Campus will open in Talisay City next year to train more college undergraduates and out-of-school youths for employment in the business process outsourcing (BPO) and similar industries.

Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator of NOLITC, said Friday that while engineering works are ongoing, they are organizing events to acquaint the industry partners in the new campus located in Barangay Matab-ang.

Among these is a tree-growing activity held on Thursday to cap the 30th Provincial Environment Month in June, where participants from at least six BPO firms planted seedlings of molave and narra trees at the site.

“We urge our partners to be part of NOLITC’s environmental campaign,” Orbecido said.

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said growing trees in the new NOLITC campus is part of the facility’s aesthetic and environmental aspect to make it conducive for learning.

“When we start correctly, we also stand and grow properly. I believe NOLITC is up for the challenge of growing straight and competent students,” he added.

Governor Eugenio Jose had also announced that the NOLITC Global Campus “will be fully operational by next year”.

“The complex, the first of its kind in the province, will be offering special courses to cater to the demands of highly-trained and competitive individuals of various specializations for work placements here and abroad,” he added.

With a project cost of PHP135 million, the NOLITC Global Campus is being built on a 2.5-hectare donated land.

The now 13-year-old educational facility currently holds office and conducts classes at the Paglaum Sports Complex here.

NOLITC, which is accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, is the first and only government-run language and IT school in Western Visayas.

It has been offering courses on call center training, English language proficiency, 2D animation, and visual graphic design, digital literacy, software development, and medical billing and coding. (PNA)