Solon allays fears of US getting back BPOs with Obama win



MANILA, Philippines — Does the Philippines need to worry about the possibility of outsourced jobs being sent back to the US?

A lawmaker on Friday allayed such fears, saying the country has nothing to fear despite the hint recently made by Ambassador Harry Thomas of President Barack Obama’s possible move to bring back outsourced jobs back to their home turf.

“The country should not fear such statements as it refers to jobs that can be realistically brought back to the US,” said Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo.

The legislator pointed out how “businesses outsourced by the US to the Philippines feeds to jobs that cannot be done anymore by a highly industrialized country like the US. The jobs outsourced to us do not take away jobs from US shores.”

Quimbo added that outsourced jobs in the country even allowed the US “to free itself of less skilled and low paying jobs so that it can invest its job generation investments on higher end jobs.”

“Outsourcing in the Philippines is an enabler, a creator of jobs in the US. It’s not a destroyer,” he said.

Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo even recently voiced optimism that the reelected US President’s “Obamacare” would bring new jobs to the Philippines.

The BPO industry in the country consists among others of contact center services; back offices; medical, legal and other data transcription; animation; software development; engineering design; and digital content.

But in the event that outsourced work are sent back to the US, Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara said that what the country should improve on were its education and skills training sector.

“We here in the Philippines should ensure (that) we remain competitive in terms of labor costs and productivity. Reforms in the education and skills training sector would help in the long term,” he said.

Romulo in a recent statement said that outsourcing firms were projected to produce $27 billion in revenues and directly engage some 1.3 million Filipino workers by 2016.

Meanwhile, the Business Processing Association of the Philippines said that the BPO industry could generate as much as $13 billion in revenues on a labor force of 764,000.

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  • Lahi

    To robrano p…., mo!, lahat na lang negative sayo! Kung nasa Pilipinas ka ay lumayas ka na lang dito!


    Taxes in the US are going up in the beginning of next year and there’s a lot of people will be affected of this TAX increase from small businesses to big businesses.  Government TAX hike tend to scare businesses away.

  • valsore

    Who knows what  “BPO” industry means? Please define your acronyms.  I’m sure it’s not Barak P. Obama industry, LOL

  • Sargo

    yung mga call center agents pag nawalan ng trabaho pwedeng mag takatak boys sa kalye, Yow-si Yow-si two paysos each!! 

  • Sargo

    Bye by call centers, mababawasan ng mga englisero sa Pinas hahaha

  • robrano

    to BlueHornet
    you write:

    Medical? Why all people who can afford it go abroad for ttreatment and operations? Technical engineering? With engineers who have no practical experience because the schools have no real facilities? IT services? There are countless IT professionals who had to study with just commom PCs and have neve seen or worked at really advanced computers.
    It is a main problem of RP studies that near all new, big and advanced is only available theoretical, not in reality. The reason why RP professionals and engineers usually first have to learn and practise when they go for working aboad. But not all employers want people who first have to learn at the expenses of the employer.
    There are colleges which teach airplane maintenance but 100 kilometers around is no airport with maintenance service for to practise. Maritime students the same, all is just theory, no praxis.

  • NoWorryBHappy

     The BPO industry in the country consists among others of contact center
    services; back offices; medical, legal and other data transcription;
    animation; software development; engineering design; and digital
    Yes, low paying.
    But less skilled ? Look again !
    When our honorable lawmakers open their big mouths, horrible things are told.

  • robrano

    So, Quimbo admits thatFilipinos are only good for low level jobs. A good propaganda for the usually trumpeted as “highly skilled and  experienced” Filipinos.
    Clear is that with the requested higher salaries and the extreme overvalued peso the Philippines will soon not be interesting to foreign businesses, investors and tourists anymore. India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesis, Pakistan can provide the same or better services at lower costs. The only advantage of Filipinos is knowing English, which will not last long with other countries also teaching English.

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