Anchor Land to Make 10,000 Beds for BPO Workers

Anchor Land

JAN 15 – Philippine property developer Anchor Land is investing at least P5bn in an urban bed-spacing project that will provide 10,000 beds to business process outsourcing (BPO) workers in urban areas in three years’ time.

The first urban bed-spacing project is the P1.5bn Cosmo Suites, which will rise in Pasay City. It comprises two 16-storey buildings with over 800 units in total. Each unit is composed of at least four beds. For Anchor Land, Cosmo Suites will cater to the continuously increasing demand from BPO employees for quality, yet affordable urban dwelling spaces.

Negros Players Eye 5,000 HIM Jobs by 2022

BNEFIT executive director Jocelle Batapa-SigueJAN 15 –The Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation of Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) is aiming to generate 5,000 Health Information Management (HIM) jobs by 2022. To achieve the goal, BNEFIT executive director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said they will tap big HIM players to invest in Negros.

Having more HIM companies located in Bacolod and Negros would mean more people having job opportunities, Batapa-Sigue said. Among the HIM companies the BNEFIT plans to tap are Visayas KPO, Optum (formerly United Health Group), Wipro and EXL, among others. However, the BNEFIT executive director said that Negros also needs to develop talent in IT, BPO, and KPO to make the workforce ready for these kinds of jobs.

16 BPO Workers Hit by Measles in Davao

Davao City Health Officer, Dr. Josephine Villafuerte

JAN 19 – The health office in Davao City is conducting an outbreak response immunization (ORI) in various barangays following reports of measles cases involving at least 16 call center workers from two call center firms.

The ORI is being conducted as the head of the Davao City Health Officer, Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, said her office was concerned that the cases of measles among call center workers would lead to an outbreak and affect children. More than 6,000 children have already been vaccinated in a span of two days. Villafuerte did not mention the names of the call center firms at which the 16 measles patients were working.


Labor Department to Join BPO Building Fire Checks

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

JAN 17 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is conducting its own fire safety checks on malls and buildings where business process outsourcing (BPO) companies have offices. DOLE will join the Bureau of Fire Prevention in inspecting the buildings to ensure that fire safety requirements are being followed.

The inspections come after 37 employees of a BPO company died after they were trapped inside a burning mall in Davao City. Their office was located on the upper floor of the shopping mall. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered local DOLE offices to inspect the fire safety compliance of establishments, particularly malls and BPO companies.