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DOLE Delighted Over Disapproval of the US Anti-outsourcing Bill

by: Sarah Joson

Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Outsourcing News |

The recent disapproval of the anti-outsourcing bill in the US was indeed good news to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as it could help the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

BPO is PH's Main Job Generator

According to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, the BPO industry is still the main job generator. She added that there are now fewer hurdles for the industry to grow as BPOs can further develop operations in the country and provide more jobs to local candidates.

However, she said DOLE had prepared contingency plans should the “United States Call Center Worker and Protection Act”, which discourages US-based companies from sending jobs abroad to countries like the Philippines, be approved.

Nevertheless, the defeat of the bill in the US Senate by way of vote (56-42) last July 19 is highly taken note of and welcomed.
The DOLE added that US-based companies that will eventually bring jobs back home will be rewarded by the US government. Meanwhile, other business groups in the US do not agree with the bill as it could be detrimental to their business operations and overall standing against competitors. It could also take a toll on the earnings of companies that subcontract offshore as penalties will be strictly imposed.

Baldoz quotes the President of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Benedict Hernandez, saying outsourcing is an effective tool for businesses in the US to stay competitive and profitable.


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