NEDA, suportado ang “on-site work” para sa BPO firms

NEDA, suportado ang “on-site work” para sa BPO firms

March 15, 2022 @ 7:20 PM 4 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Pabor si Socioeconomic Planning Secretary at National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Karl Kendrick Chua sa pagbabalik-opisina ng lahat ng IT-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) firms dahil mapapalakas nito ang ekonomiya recovery ng bansa.

“In the case of BPOs, we are very much appreciative of their contribution to the economy,” ayon kay Chua.

“Part of going back to our new normal is really to continue our pursuit of working where the activities should be. In the case of BPOs, while I understand their concern, the rest of the economy has already shifted to working back in the office,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Tinanggihan kasi ng Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) ang kahilingan na i-extend ang remote-work arrangements na lampas sa Marso 31, 2022.

Ang FIRB, sa isinagawang February 21 meeting, “upheld its Resolution No, 19-21, which allows firms in economic zones to implement work-from-home (WFH) arrangements for 90% of their workforce only until March 31, 2022.”

Ibig sabihin, ang WFH arrangements ng IT-BPO firms ay matitigil na sa katapusan ng buwan at ang lahat ng mga empleyado ay magbabalik na sa on-site duty, simula Abril 1, 2022.

“I also understand that the legal basis for providing incentives to BPOs is that they should be situated in an economic zone. I am not certain if the homes of workers are economic zones. So I think we will have to look at this from this perspective,” ayon kay Chua.

Ang mga kompanya na matatagpuan sa economic zones na mabibigong sumunod sa rules o alituntunin ng FIRB ay hindi mai-enjoy ang fiscal incentives gaya “income tax holidays and 5% tax on gross income earned.”

“The BPO sector performed very well and was very productive before the pandemic, during the pandemic and I’m sure there is a big scope for them to also perform and contribute in this new normal where we are all back in the office,” ayon kay Chua.

Samantala, sinabi naman ng Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) na maghahain pa rin sila ng ‘appeal for reconsideration” hinggil sa naging pagtanggi ng FIRB sa kahilingan na i-extend ang remote-work arrangements. KRIS JOSE