‘No direct impact from Trump impeachment on IT-BPM sector’

AS THE House of Representatives impeached US President Donald Trump, an IT organization in Cebu said it’s too early to tell if it will have an eventual impact on the business process management (BPM) industry.

Cebu IT-BPM Organization Foundation Inc. (CIB.O) managing director Wilfredo Sa-a said they are on standby and will monitor the ongoing proceedings against Trump.

“Now it is too early to tell since impeachment is still at the House of Representatives level. It will also depend on what policies will be taken by his replacement if ever he will be fully impeached by both chambers,” he told SunStar Cebu.

American outsourcing companies are among the major players in Cebu’s IT-BPM industry.

Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the US Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Sa-a said they will bring up the matter during the group’s board meeting on Jan. 30, 2020.

It can be recalled that when he was elected as president in 2016, Trump vowed that he would work with Congress “to establish tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the US tax-free.”

“The historic vote split along party lines Wednesday night, Dec. 18, much the way it has divided the nation, over a charge that the 45th president abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election. The House then approved a second charge, that he obstructed Congress in its investigation,” the report read.

Leo Cipriano Urbiztondo Jr., director at the Department of Information and Communications Technology in the Visayas, said the impact of the impeachment has yet to be felt.

“We have to wait and monitor it since Congress is still divided over this move as there are still the votes from the Republicans and the Democrats for Trump’s impeachment,” he said. (JOB)