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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA3645
2007-11-14 06:32
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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USDOC FOR 4430/ITA/MAC/ SBERLINGUETTE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON FCS ECPS ETRD EINV RP
SUBJECT: Ambassador Applauds Staff Retention Efforts at Dell Call Center and Creative Thinking at SM Mall of Asia

¶1. SUMMARY: On November 8, the Ambassador visited the Dell
Philippines Call Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila to assess
developments in the booming contact center business. The visit was
followed by a tour of the country’s largest retail establishment,
the SM Mall of Asia, including the newly launched SM Science
Discovery Center and the SMX Convention Center. The visit provided
an interesting behind-the-scenes glimpse into a major US company’s
Philippine operations, and gave the Embassy another opportunity to
strengthen our relationship with one of the Philippines’ most
successful and forward-thinking companies, which relies on U.S.
technology and business support. END SUMMARY.

Dell Contact Center
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¶2. Dell has invested $150 million in the Philippines to support
customer service operations at its two call center facilities.
Country Manager Mike Garrison said that Dell is “extremely bullish”
on the Philippines. According to him, the greatest challenges to
the call center industry in the Philippines are turnover of
employees and English skills, but Dell Philippines has half the
turnover of its competitors in the local call center industry, which
Garrison attributes to the “culture” within the company. Dell
Philippines prioritizes employee support in areas such as training,
preferential scheduling tied to performance, and ease of
intra-company transfers.

¶3. The Ambassador was asked to participate in Dell Philippine’s
“Profiles in Leadership” series, providing tips on management and
leadership to local senior management. The Ambassador shared her
personal rules for success and responded to questions on managing
conflicts, motivating co-workers and subordinates, and determining
the most important values for a true leader. Country Manager
Garrison said this leadership session was the best they’ve had to
date.

SM Science Discovery Center
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¶4. SM Investments Vice Chairman Tessie Sy-Coson, who is listed
among Fortune Magazine’s 50 most powerful women in international
business, led the Ambassador through the Mall of Asia, pointing out
its reliance on U.S. technology and business. The new $7 million SM
Science Discovery Center has many unique features, including a
planetarium with a three-dimensional display, flight simulators, and
remote controlled robots. The Center opened on 19 October, 2007 and
is the first of its kind in the Philippines. The center’s designer
is California-based Leisure Entertainment Consultancy, designers of
Legoland, two Universal Studios, and Disney’s California Adventure,
and has already become a favorite field trip destination for area
schoolchildren.

SMX Convention Center
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¶5. SMX Convention Center, which opened on November 5, is the
Philippines’ largest privately-run exhibition and convention center
with capacity for 6,000 people. There are open exhibition areas,
multi-functional halls, and flexible meeting rooms with modern
exposition amenities for major conference and trade exhibits. The
Ambassador noted the attention to detail at the facilities and the
possibilities for using them as venues for future Embassy events.
The introduction of a major new convention and exhibition center has
already attracted attention in the business community, with bookings
of major trade shows and events already full for the first three
months of operation.

Progress toward a positive economic future
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¶6. SM Investments Corporation is undertaking development efforts to
build the “Mall of Asia Complex”. The current expansion is just
part of the effort to create a 60 hectare mixed-use development that
will integrate technologically advanced infrastructure with office,
retail, hotel, institutional, residential and leisure components.
The firm envisions the complex as the country’s premier business and
tourism district, a glimpse of the Philippines’ potential given
adequate infrastructure, investment and education. Dell
Philippines’ success at this location is an example of this
potential.

Kenney

   

 

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