Philippines welcomes US junking of anti-BPO bill-A A +A
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) welcomed Tuesday the United States Senate's junking of the anti-outsourcing bill.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she agrees with the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) on the clear benefits of having the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector in the country.
"It is very much welcome news," said Baldoz in a phone interview.
"(This only proves that) Outsourcing is now a recognized legitimate business worldwide."
Via a vote of 56-42, the US Senate recently junked a bill in the US Congress that would have discouraged outsourcing, which is an $11 billion business in the Philippines.
Because of this development, Baldoz said they are expecting the BPO sector to be more robust in the coming years.
"The more the BPO-ICT sector can expand its business in the Philippines the more it can generate the much needed employment for our workers," said the labor chief.
From its current population of 640,000 BPO workers, Baldoz said the labor department expects the number to rise to 1.3 million or more than double. (HDT/Sunnex)