Executive Order to End Contractualization Pushed

FEB 6 – Labor groups in the Philippines are pushing for a new executive order (EO) that will end contractualization under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. The executive order is planned to ban contractualization if it interferes with a worker’s right to security of tenure, organize into unions, and collective bargaining.

Nagkaisa! Labor Coalition and Kilusang Mayo Uno will be joined by the Associated Labor Unions (ALU)-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and others in a landmark event where the group will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte. The Labor Secretary earlier disclosed that Duterte is expected to sign the EO this month.

Talent Not Tax, the Major Investment Factor in BPO – Sa-a

BPO PhilippinesFEB 06 – The Philippine government, through the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), has reiterated its support for the local ICT sector of Negros Occidental and vowed to generate more jobs in the island. The Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for ICT aims to hit 60,000 jobs by 2022.

At present, Bacolod City hosts more than 20 business process outsourcing firms providing jobs for almost 30,000 Filipinos especially Negrenses. The city is recognized as a Center of Excellence in ICT now has 27 IT parks and centers where majority are occupied by BPO firms. The Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap envisions providing 500, 000 jobs by 2022.

SOPHI Takes Free-trial Philippines Services to London Market


FEB 07 – Business process outsourcing firm SOPHI Inc is currently offering a 30-day trial for potential gaming clients at the ICE Totally Gaming 2018 at ExCel London, UK. The trial is specifically targeted towards the gaming industry with services such as web development, account reactivation, digital marketing, and dedicated customer support.

The trial offering starts with one free agent for 30 days—no contract, no upfront payment, and no lock-in period. ICE Totally Gaming 2018 is expected to draw start-ups from the sports betting, daily fantasy sports, social gaming, and bitcoin space, attracting both innovators and investors alike.

Talent Not Tax, the Major Investment Factor in BPO – Sa-a

FEB 08 – Availability of talent is the main reason why investors will come to a certain location, stressed Cebu IT-BPM.Organization (CIB.O) managing director Wilfredo Sa-a. He made the statement against the backdrop of the implementation of the new tax reform law, which will subject workers employed by regional operating headquarters and regional headquarters of multinational companies, offshore banking units, and petroleum service contractors to a new tax regime.

Specifically, the new law has removed the tax perk previously enjoyed by some BPO workers. Despite the tax increases, Cebu remains an attractive destination for IT-BPM investments, in part to its availability of qualified talent, with some players already moving up to offer higher value services.