Bills eye BPO workers’ welfare

THE House Committee on Labor and Employment chaired by Cagayan Rep. Randolph Ting prior to the congressional adjournment, has started deliberating on measures which provide for the welfare of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) workers.

Among the bills tackled by the committee  was House Bill No. 2225 entitled  “An Act Increasing the Night Shift Premium Pay in Business Process Outsourcing Firms in the Philippines,” authored by Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangundadatu.

Also pending for consideration is the House Bill 5728 or “An Act Ensuring the Rights, Welfare and Safety of the Workers in the IT-BPO Industry in the Philippines” filed by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas.

Mangudadatu’s bill proposes to increase the mandated additional pay for work done in graveyard shifts from 10 percent to 25 percent of the regular rate per hour.

Vargas meanwhile proposed government should ensure that the 1.2 million employees are protected not just of their rights but also their welfare particularly their health condition.