This week's round up of news items about outsourcing in the Philippines will surely be of great interest to companies already doing business in the country and those companies planning to outsource or become trading partners with local businesses.
Growth in BPO jobs 'shows no sign of slowing down' (Aug. 14, 2017)
BUSINESS process outsourcing (BPO) continued to generate the most number of new jobs in Cebu and the sector shows no sign of slowing down in the next quarters, according to online jobs board JobStreet Philippines.
Tax reform puts BPO competitiveness in peril, says CCAP (June 3, 2017)
Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) president Jojo Uligan said the planned rationalization of fiscal incentives has sent jitters to its member companies.
"There are currently companies asking us what's the real story and what’s going to happen. It (the government incentives) is one of the things why they went to the Philippines and that incentive actually somehow gives the Philippines a competitive advantage," he said.
"If we have these incentives, we are able to compete. This is what the industry is working on at the moment so we're having a dialogue with agencies," he added.
The first package of the Department of Finance-sponsored tax reform program includes the removal of value added tax (VAT) exemption on BPO sales and imports.
Rethink Staffing (RTS) recently had its first Easter Egg Design Contest titled "Eggs Factor" which ran from April 6 to 16, 2017. The contest had a theme "Hopes and Dreams" in reference to the symbolic hope that Easter brings to our lives. We can proudly say that the contest was a resounding success!
More than a dozen RTS employees participated. Each participant received an egg on April 6, Thursday. It might seem like the time was too short for them to think up unique designs that would bedazzle the judges. But, by April 10 most of them have already finished designing their eggs. Everyone who saw the entries displayed on the table were amazed with the depth of creativity and the effort that went into crafting each egg's appearance.
On the evening of April 5, Wednesday, University of Iloilo students, their parents, members of the faculty, and PHINMA officials gathered together to congratulate this year's batch of college graduates who completed their internship at Rethink Staffing. At the event, Mr. Windyll Balasa, Chief Operating Officer of Rethink Staffing, was given the stage to deliver a congratulatory speech to the participants of the company's unique on-the-job training program.
2016 has been a wild ride for Rethink Staffing. That was the year Rethink Staffing went through an explosive growth. From 15 people working in a small office in Delgado Street, the company grew to fifty people by mid-year. By the end of 2016, their personnel grew in number to more than a hundred. This year, in 2017, the company is now employs around 200 people.