By Aaron Recuenco
Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas has vowed to work for the creation of more jobs, citing his success story in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) which generated over one million jobs since 2000.
“Nagawa ko na dati yan, ang maglikha ng trabaho. Alam kong mapapalawak ko pa ‘yan, ang mag-imbita ng marami pang investors para magbigay ng trabaho sa mga Pilipino (I’ve done that before, creating jobs. I know I can expand on that, inviting more investors in order to give Filipinos jobs),” said Roxas.
“Naniniwala akong hindi kailangan pumunta sa Maynila o mag-abroad dahil kaya kong maglikha ng trabaho dito mismo sa Pilipinas (I believe there is no need to take a gamble in Manila or go abroad because I can create jobs here in the Philippines),” he added.
It was a 2000 meeting between then-President Joseph Estrada and Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States that served as the launching pad for the BPO industry in the Philippines. Roxas brokered the power meeting.
As soon as the concept of BPO in the Philippines was finalized, Roxas said they immediately pushed for incentives and created economic zones where foreign BPO companies would operate.
In 2010, the Philippines was declared as BPO Capital of the World. The IT (Information Technology-BPO industry remains to be one of the most dynamic and fastest growing sectors in the country and generates $25 billion in local revenue.
“Ngayon, more than one million na ang pumapasok diyan (There are now more than one million workers there),” said Roxas.
Jobs creation was one of the campaign platforms of Roxas when he ran for president in 2016. For this year’s midterm elections, Roxas is focusing his campaign platform on improving the economy.
Based on the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, he is included in the Magic 12 in the senatorial race.