The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) was believed to have been communicating with the government about possible exemptions for the no-work order released for the private sector due to heavy rains.
According to Gillian Virata, BPAP Executive Director, via a statement at GMA News Online, they are lobbying that business process outsourcing (BPO) companies should be exempted as they operate 24/7 and serve international clients. She added that nearly 75 percent or 480,000 people are employed by 600 member-companies of the association.
The government and BPAP found a resolution wherein during inclement weather, suspension of work will depend on the managementís discretion.
In line with that, BPAP said BPO companies in the private sector are not covered by the no-work order from the government, but was quickly retracted by Virata. She said her previous statements were premature and that her initial interview was based on the internal updates at BPAP. She further noted that she was not directly communicating with government at that time when her statement was released.