By Philippine News Agency
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has urged United States business owners not to pull out their business process outsourcing (BPO) centers from the city.
“We will do everything in our power to protect you. There are many things we can accomplish at our own level. Don’t pack your bags and go to America. Pack your bags and come to Cebu,” he said.
The mayor met with representatives of business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) companies Friday.
He assured them the sector would continue to grow in Cebu City.
With 22 Philippine Economic Zone Authority-registered facilities and 349 companies directly employing 160,000 workers, the BPO sector is a booming industry in the city.
US President-elect Donald Trump has promised that within his first 100 days, he’ll 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.”
Republicans will control both houses of the US Congress when Trump’s term begins on Jan. 20, 2017.
Attempts to discourage outsourcing may find some support among Democrats as well.
In 2010, several Democrats, including 2016 presidential contender Bernie Sanders, proposed to give American employers a tax break for hiring new workers within the US to replace jobs that had been outsourced.