Cebu BPO leaders back sector’s role in Congress

A GROUP of industry leaders in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector in Cebu have pushed for the industry’s representation in Congress.

This after the Bangon Philippine Outsourcing (BPO) Partylist, headed by Cebuano entrepreneur Mike Cubos, who owns call center firm Performance360 Global Services, made it to the official partylist candidates in the upcoming elections.

For stakeholders, it is high time for the BPO Industry to be given a concrete platform to raise their issues and air their concerns, something that is truly being one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economic growth and prosperity for the past three decades now.

“Given the contribution to the GDP and its major economic impact, it’s surprising that only in 2022 will there be a formal representation of the BPO sector in Congress,” Ryan Tan Yu, owner of Mataverse, a homegrown firm that specializes in the application of virtual reality in business and tourism, said in a statement on Monday.

Gerald Yuvallos, president and chief executive officer of AtoX Business Solutions, and Kimson Wong, managing director of Koda Kollectiv Inc., echoed Tan Yu’s sentiment.

“It is about time this sector, which is one of the top employment and economic contributors of the country, gets real representation in government,” Yuvallos said.

Wong said the BPO sector has grown strong and is now ready to attempt a seat in Congress. “This is the beginning of the work and effort to better the lives of those it represents through the government,” he said.

They said that there are a lot of problems from the IT-BPO circle that need to be addressed by the government.

“This (problem/concern) varies from company to company but as an example, it doesn’t get the same amount of attention and support as the tourism sector. This, despite providing a much more stable and linear contribution to the economy. It has proven to be more resilient and has been providing more stable jobs despite the pandemic and calamities,” Yuvallos said.

These industry leaders pledged to make the necessary steps to advance the cause and help the advocacy of the BPO sector. (with PR)